23 days in South Dakota Itinerary

23 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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23 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + taxi:  9​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mitchell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: Tampa

7
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 Jewel Cave National Monument and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs will thrill your kids. Black Hills National Forest and Wildlife Loop Road will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Insideout (in Hill City), Keystone (Presidential Trail, Rushmore Tramway Adventures, & more) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Custer trip itinerary builder app .

Tampa to Custer is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tampa in June: highs in Custer hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Hill City, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Bicycle Sculpture, Wind Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

5
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Get some cultural insight at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Historic Old Town and Tatanka: Story of the Bison. Change things up with these side-trips from Deadwood: Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead), Belle Fourche (Tri-State Museum, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, & more) and Black Hill National Cemetery (in Sturgis). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Adams House, get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio, get answers to all your questions at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

Plan trip to Deadwood with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Deadwood are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 21st (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, explore the galleries of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Wall travel route builder app .

Drive from Deadwood to Wall in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in June: highs in Wall hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

3
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Popular historic sites such as Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and De Smet Cemetery are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Corn Palace and Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial. Step out of Mitchell to go to Kimball and see South Dakota Tractor Museum, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, take an in-depth tour of Dakota Discovery Museum, and learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Mitchell trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Wall to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

De Smet, South Dakota Tractor Museum
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
South Dakota Tractor Museum ©
South Dakota Tractor Museum

6
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Popular historic sites such as St. Joseph Cathedral and Butterfly House & Aquarium are in your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History and Children's Museum of South Dakota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Vermillion (Spirit Mound, National Music Museum, & more) and Brookings (The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum & SDSU Dairy Sales Bar). There's lots more to do: stroll around Falls Park, test your problem-solving skills at Escapades Escape Rooms, contemplate the long history of Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, and explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Brookings, Vermillion, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Children's Museum of South Dakota ©
Children's Museum of South Dakota

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