23 days in Southeast South Dakota Region Itinerary

23 days in Southeast South Dakota Region Itinerary

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23 days in Southeast South Dakota Region Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Brookings
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Watertown
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Yankton
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Mitchell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Rapid City
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

6
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at SculptureWalk Sioux Falls and Lake Vermillion Recreation Area. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Joseph Cathedral and Pettigrew Home & Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Devil's Gulch (in Garretson) and Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Falls Park, hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, meet the residents at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and get curious at Washington Pavilion.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls tour planner .

Newark to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Newark in September since evenings lows in Sioux Falls dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Brookings.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Garretson, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Porter Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

2
nights
Brookings

Brookings ©
Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, explore the world behind art at South Dakota Art Museum, then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of South Dakota, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Wooden Legs Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: try your luck at Royal River Casino, then admire the natural beauty at McCrory Gardens, and then don't miss a visit to Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Brookings online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Brookings takes an hour. While traveling from Sioux Falls, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brookings, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Brookings

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Royal River Casino
Highlights from your plan
Children's Museum of South Dakota ©
Children's Museum of South Dakota
South Dakota Art Museum ©
South Dakota Art 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 22nd (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bramble Park Zoo, then get a taste of the local shopping with Terry Redlin Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, and finally admire the striking features of Mellette House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): try your luck at Dakota Sioux Casino, then appreciate the history behind Watertown Veterans Memorial, and then take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Watertown journey app .

Traveling by car from Brookings to Watertown takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Bramble Park Zoo ©
Bramble Park Zoo

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the De Smet online journey planner .

You can drive from Watertown to De Smet in an hour. September in De Smet sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yankton.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

2
nights
Yankton

Yankton ©
Yankton is a city in, and the county seat of, Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. On the 25th (Wed), snap pictures at Meridian Highway Bridge, contemplate the long history of Spirit Mound, then examine the collection at Shrine to Music Museum, and finally examine the collection at National Music Museum. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, hike along Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, and then stroll through Fantle Memorial Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yankton travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Yankton takes 2 hours. September in Yankton sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in Yankton

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Vermillion
Highlights from your plan
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area ©
Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum
Spirit Mound ©
Spirit Mound

2
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then admire the striking features of Corn Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Dakota Discovery Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of George and Eleanor McGovern Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mitchell Campground, get lost in a book at Carnegie Resource Center, and then make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mitchell online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Yankton to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
George and Eleanor McGovern Library ©

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, then pause for some photo ops at Dignity, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post, and finally get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chamberlain itinerary maker site .

Getting from Mitchell to Chamberlain by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Chamberlain, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Rapid City.

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

6
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Visit Chapel in the Hills and Black Hills Caverns for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Bear Country USA and Canyon Lake Park. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, examine the collection at Museum of Geology, shop like a local with Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, and learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Rapid City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Chamberlain to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©