20 days in South Dakota Itinerary

20 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Sioux Falls
— 5 nights
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De Smet
— 1 night
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Aberdeen
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
— 8 nights
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Sioux Falls

— 5 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Attractions like Falls Park and Sioux Falls Bike Trails make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Brookings (Children's Museum of South Dakota & Brookings Summer Arts Festival), Watertown (Bramble Park Zoo, Redlin Art Center, &more) and Mitchell (Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, Corn Palace, &more). And it doesn't end there: trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms.

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

Indianapolis to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

De Smet

— 1 night
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 Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, 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.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, 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

Aberdeen

— 1 night
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.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, 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

Badlands National Park

— 4 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Loop Road and Yellow Mounds Overlook. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Notch Trail, hike along Castle Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to Badlands National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Aberdeen to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. 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 · Trails

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 8 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

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 Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wildlife Loop Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Keystone (Presidential Trail & Breezy Point Picnic Area), Brule (in Hill City) and Custer (Black Hills National Forest, Iron Mountain Road, &more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Hills, and go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City sightseeing planner.

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 78°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.