21 days in South Dakota Itinerary

21 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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21 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
De Smet
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Deadwood
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Custer
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dallas

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kids will enjoy Butterfly House & Aquarium and Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum. Explore Sioux Falls' surroundings by going to Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose) and Mitchell (Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village & Corn Palace). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Falls Park, get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, and appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls journey maker .

Dallas to Sioux Falls is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dallas in November: high temperatures in Sioux Falls hover around 45°F and lows are around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mitchell, Porter Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium

3
nights
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and Children's Museum of South Dakota. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around De Smet: Watertown (Bramble Park Zoo, Terry Redlin Museum, & more) and Brookings (McCrory Gardens & Wooden Legs Brewing Company). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the De Smet trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to De Smet takes 2 hours. November in De Smet sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Wall.

Things to do in De Smet

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Brookings, Watertown
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Children's Museum of South Dakota ©
Children's Museum of South Dakota

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 25th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, and finally browse the different shops at Wall Drug. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Wall driving holiday planner .

You can drive from De Smet to Wall in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. November in Wall sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Sage Creek Wilderness Area ©
Sage Creek Wilderness Area

5
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Attractions like Bear Country USA and Dinosaur Park make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Deadwood: Rapid City (Reptile Gardens, Chapel in the Hills, & more) and Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, hit the slopes at Deer Mountain Ski Area, do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room, and take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Deadwood travel route planner .

Getting from Wall to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wall to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rapid City, Spearfish, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

6
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Family-friendly places like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Jewel Cave National Monument will thrill your kids. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Presidential Trail (in Keystone), Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and Hill City (Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery & Granite Sports). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, and explore and take pictures at Needles Highway.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Custer tour builder .

Drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December in Custer, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 13°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, Keystone, Crazy Horse, Wind Cave National Park, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument

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