28 days in South Dakota Itinerary

28 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Spearfish
— 3 nights
2
Custer
— 9 nights
3
Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
4
Mitchell
— 3 nights
5
Sioux Falls
— 7 nights

3
nights
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Spearfish is known for scenic drive, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine, and stroll through Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Spearfish road trip planning tool.

Los Angeles to Spearfish is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Spearfish due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Spearfish is little chillier at night with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Deadwood, Spearfish Falls, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Highlights from your plan
Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame ©
Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Historic Old Town
Historic Old Town

9
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Brule (in Hill City), Keystone (Rushmore Tramway Adventures, Big Thunder Gold Mine, &more) and Hot Springs (Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Custer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Spearfish to Custer takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Spearfish in August since evenings lows in Custer dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, South Dakota, Hill City, Hot Springs, Crazy Horse
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

5
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.
Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: cruise along Loop Road, admire all the interesting features of Sheep Mountain Table Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Saddle Pass Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in August, things will get a bit warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

3
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mitchell: Chamberlain (Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, Akta Lakota Museum, &more) and De Smet (Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, &more). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Corn Palace and steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

To plan Mitchell vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Mitchell by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Mitchell due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Chamberlain, De Smet
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©

7
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota) and Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum, Redlin Art Center, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Falls Park, trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip builder site.

Getting from Mitchell to Sioux Falls by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Watertown, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Strawbale Winery, Palisades State Park
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls ©

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