20 days in South Dakota Itinerary

20 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  6 h
1
Sioux Falls
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Mitchell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Rapid City
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Atlanta

5
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota), Watertown (Codington County Historical Museum, Redlin Art Center, &more) and Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose). There's lots more to do: stroll around Falls Park, hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, explore the activities along Arrowhead Park, and look and learn at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls day trip planner.

Atlanta to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Sioux Falls is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Atlanta in July, expect Sioux Falls to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Watertown, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Strawbale Winery, Porter Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center

3
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Explore Mitchell's surroundings by going to South Dakota Tractor Museum (in Kimball), De Smet (Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, &more) and Dimock Dairy (in Dimock). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Corn Palace, get engrossed in the history at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, and contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mitchell trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

De Smet, South Dakota Tractor Museum, Dimock Dairy
Highlights from your plan
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at South Dakota Hall of Fame, thendon't miss a visit to Dignity, and finally browse for treasures at Old West Trading Post.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chamberlain day trip planning site.

You can drive from Mitchell to Chamberlain in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Chamberlain can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
South Dakota Hall of Fame ©
South Dakota Hall of Fame

4
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Change things up with these side-trips from Badlands National Park: South Dakota's Original 1880 Town (in Murdo) and Badlands National Park (in Interior). There's lots more to do: cruise along Loop Road, don't miss a visit to Pinnacles Overlook, take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, and identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

6
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Iron Mountain Road, &more), Wall Drug (in Wall) and Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Wall Drug, Prairie Berry Winery, Black Elk Peak
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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