21 days in South Dakota Itinerary

21 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Custer
— 4 nights
2
Deadwood
— 4 nights
3
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
4
Chamberlain
— 2 nights
5
Watertown
— 2 nights
6
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Brule (in Hill City), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Keystone (Presidential Trail & Breezy Point Picnic Area). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, take in the exciting artwork at Insideout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunday Gulch Trail.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Custer itinerary builder site.

Kansas City to Custer is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kansas City in March, with highs in Custer at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Hill City, Keystone, Needles Highway, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

4
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Change things up with these side-trips from Deadwood: Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy), Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead) and Belle Fourche (Tri-State Museum & Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, make a trip to Deadwood Model Train, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood trip planner.

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Savoy, Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Terry Peak Ski Area ©
Terry Peak Ski 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Badlands National Park: Oglala Lakota College Historical Center (in Kyle) and Badlands National Park (in Interior). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and stroll through Notch Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

2
nights
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 24th (Tue), hunt for treasures at Old West Trading Post, get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum, thenhead outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and finally appreciate the history behind Dignity. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at South Dakota Hall of Fame and then examine the collection at South Dakota Tractor Museum.

You can plan Chamberlain trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain is 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Chamberlain are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

South Dakota Tractor Museum, Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
South Dakota Tractor Museum ©
South Dakota Tractor Museum

2
nights
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Codington County Historical Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, thentake in the exciting artwork at Terry Redlin Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Watertown Veterans Memorial. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of South Dakota, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Wooden Legs Brewing Company, and then look for gifts at SDSU Dairy Sales Bar.

Before you visit Watertown, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Chamberlain to Watertown in 3.5 hours. In March, Watertown is slightly colder than Chamberlain - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Brookings
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Wooden Legs Brewing Company ©
Wooden Legs Brewing Company
Children's Museum of South Dakota ©
Children's Museum of South Dakota

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Explore Sioux Falls' surroundings by going to Devil's Gulch (in Garretson), Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota) and Mitchell (George and Eleanor McGovern Library, Corn Palace, &more). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at Escapades Escape Rooms, stroll around Falls Park, steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at WoodGrain Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls online day trip planner.

You can drive from Watertown to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. In March in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mitchell, Devil's Gulch, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

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