20 days in South Dakota Itinerary

20 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + Drive:  7 h
1
Sioux Falls
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Aberdeen
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Rapid City
— 8 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Indianapolis

5
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Attractions like Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History and Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Watertown (Bramble Park Zoo, Redlin Art Center, &more), Mitchell (Corn Palace & Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop) and Brookings (Children's Museum of South Dakota & Brookings Summer Arts Festival). And it doesn't end there: walk around Falls Park, stroll through SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls, hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and have fun and explore at Stockyards Ag Experience.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip planner.

Indianapolis to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Sioux Falls, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Watertown, Mitchell, Brookings
Highlights from your plan
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls
Children's Museum of South Dakota ©
Children's Museum of South Dakota

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the De Smet vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to De Smet takes 2 hours. In June in De Smet, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Aberdeen.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

1
night
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): walk around Richmond Lake Recreation Area, then stroll around Wylie Park, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Storybook Land and Land of Oz.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Aberdeen travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from De Smet to Aberdeen takes 2 hours. In June in Aberdeen, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Storybook Land and Land of Oz ©
Storybook Land and Land of Oz
Wylie Park ©
Wylie Park
Richmond Lake Recreation Area ©
Richmond Lake Recreation Area

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.
Take a break from Badlands National Park with a short trip to Badlands National Park in Interior, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, hike along Saddle Pass Trail, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Aberdeen to Badlands National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

8
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Bear Country USA and Storybook Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Brule (in Hill City), Custer (Black Hills National Forest, Iron Mountain Road, &more) and Keystone (Presidential Trail, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and delve into the mystery of Cosmos Mystery Area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 78°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Brule, Black Hills
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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