22 days in South Dakota Itinerary

22 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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22 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Little Rock
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Watertown
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Deadwood
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Keystone
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Little Rock

5
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Explore Sioux Falls' surroundings by going to Vermillion (Shrine to Music Museum & National Music Museum), Fantle Memorial Park (in Yankton) and Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota). The adventure continues: stroll around Falls Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, stroll through Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Sioux Falls fast, fun, and easy.

Little Rock to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Little Rock in August: high temperatures in Sioux Falls hover around 80°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Vermillion, Fantle Memorial Park, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Palisades State Park, Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

3
nights
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Watertown side-trips: De Smet (Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie & De Smet Cemetery), Fort Sisseton State Park (in Lake City) and Brookings (Children's Museum of South Dakota & SDSU Dairy Sales Bar). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, get to know the resident critters at Bramble Park Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Watertown Veterans Memorial.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Watertown trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Watertown in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Watertown can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Watertown

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brookings, De Smet, Fort Sisseton State Park
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Bramble Park Zoo ©
Bramble Park Zoo

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Hall of Fame, pause for some photo ops at Dignity, then stop by Old West Trading Post, then take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, and finally head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chamberlain trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Watertown to Chamberlain in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough 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
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Badlands National Park: Oglala Lakota College Historical Center (in Kyle) and Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (in Martin). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park planner .

You can drive from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Venture out of the city with trips to Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead), Belle Fourche (Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center & PaleoAdventures) and Black Hill National Cemetery (in Sturgis). The adventure continues: cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood trip planner .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood is 1 hour. When traveling from Badlands National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Deadwood: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sturgis, Lead, Belle Fourche, Spearfish Falls
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

4
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, & more) and Elk Mountain Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Keystone day trip planning website .

Getting from Deadwood to Keystone by car takes about 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Keystone. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, South Dakota, Hill City, Elk Mountain Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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