27 days in South Dakota Itinerary

27 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Lead
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Lead
— 9 nights
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Brookings
— 5 nights
Drive
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Aberdeen
— 3 nights
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Chamberlain
— 1 night
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Interior
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
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Lead

— 9 nights
Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Explore Lead's surroundings by going to Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse), Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Black Hills National Forest, &more) and Crow Peak Brewing Company (in Spearfish). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Mt Roosevelt Monument, admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lead trip itinerary maker.

Atlanta to Lead is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in May: high temperatures in Lead hover around 62°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Brookings.

Things to do in Lead

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Brookings

— 5 nights
Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Brookings side-trips: Pipestone (Pipestone National Monument & Winnewissa Falls), Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum, Redlin Art Center, &more) and De Smet (Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie & Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at McCrory Gardens, sample the tasty concoctions at Wooden Legs Brewing Company, take an in-depth tour of The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of South Dakota.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Brookings trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Lead to Brookings in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. May in Brookings sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Brookings

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Aberdeen

— 3 nights
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aberdeen: Pickler Mansion (in Faulkton), Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center (in Redfield) and Fort Sisseton State Park (in Lake City). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Storybook Land and Land of Oz, walk around Richmond Lake Recreation Area, and take an in-depth tour of Dacotah Prairie Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aberdeen trip maker website.

You can drive from Brookings to Aberdeen in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chamberlain

— 1 night
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Old West Trading Post, take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, then get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, then pause for some photo ops at Dignity, and finally take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Hall of Fame.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Chamberlain day trip planning app.

Drive from Aberdeen to Chamberlain in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Interior.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Interior

— 3 nights
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interior: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip), Badlands Petrified Gardens (in Kadoka) and Wall (Delta-09 Missile Silo & Wall Drug). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hurley Butte Horseback Riding and steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Interior road trip website.

You can drive from Chamberlain to Interior in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Chamberlain to Interior is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chamberlain in May, Interior is little chillier at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Interior

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Badlands National Park is known for scenic drive, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Interior to Badlands National Park in an hour. May in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.