23 days in South Dakota Itinerary

23 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip maker

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Custer
— 5 nights
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Deadwood
— 4 nights
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Wall
— 2 nights
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Pierre
— 2 nights
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Chamberlain
— 1 night
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Watertown
— 2 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 6 nights
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Custer

— 5 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Hot Springs (Red Rock River Resort, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, &more). Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring the underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, and delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

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

New Orleans to Custer is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from New Orleans to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in December, things will get colder in Custer: highs are around 34°F and lows about 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 4 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Step out of Deadwood to go to Belle Fourche and see Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, take in the exciting artwork at Termesphere Gallery, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Deadwood trip planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. In January in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Wall

— 2 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Wall Drug. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Wall tour planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to Wall in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Wall, with lows around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pierre.

Things to do in Wall

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trips

Pierre

— 2 nights
Pierre is the capital of the state of South Dakota and the county seat of Hughes County. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum, then steep yourself in history at Cultural Heritage Center, and then get curious at South Dakota Discovery Center. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of State Capitol, then learn about all things military at South Dakota National Guard Museum, and then examine the collection at Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pierre journey maker.

Traveling by car from Wall to Pierre takes 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Wall to Pierre is 1 hour. Traveling from Wall in January, you will find days in Pierre are a bit cooler (29°F), and nights are about the same (10°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Pierre

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chamberlain

— 1 night
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the galleries of South Dakota Hall of Fame, make a trip to Dignity, then head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, then get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamberlain road trip app.

You can drive from Pierre to Chamberlain in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Watertown

— 2 nights
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, then shop like a local with Terry Redlin Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Mellette House. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, have fun and explore at Children's Museum of South Dakota, and then admire the natural beauty at McCrory Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Watertown visit planning tool.

You can drive from Chamberlain to Watertown in 3.5 hours. In January, Watertown is slightly colder than Chamberlain - with highs of 23°F and lows of 4°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Sioux Falls

— 6 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: Mitchell (Dakota Discovery Museum, Corn Palace, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Falls Park, look and learn at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, and hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls travel route planner.

You can drive from Watertown to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°F, and evening lows to 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.