28 days in South Dakota Itinerary

28 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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28 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Wall
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Murdo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Mitchell
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Spearfish
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Knoxville

8
nights
Custer

Custer ©
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: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Keystone (Rushmore Tramway Adventures, Presidential Trail, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer trip itinerary planner .

Knoxville to Custer is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Knoxville to Custer. Traveling from Knoxville in May, things will get cooler in Custer: highs are around 59°F and lows about 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, South Dakota, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial, Bicycle Sculpture
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Deadwood is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, casinos, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Deadwood trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Deadwood are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Sturgis, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Broken Boot Gold Mine ©
Broken Boot Gold Mine

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes White River Valley Overlook. On the 20th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, stroll through Notch Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park holiday planner.

Drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park. Traveling from Deadwood in May, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Take a break from Wall with a short trip to Badlands Petrified Gardens in Kadoka, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, explore and take pictures at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Wounded Knee: The Museum, and examine the collection at Armed Forces Display & Gifts.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Wall holiday planner.

Wall is just a short distance from Badlands National Park. In May in Wall, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Philip, Badlands Petrified Gardens, Armed Forces Display & Gifts
Highlights from your plan
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Armed Forces Display & Gifts ©
Armed Forces Display & Gifts

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Sioux Falls side-trips: Redlin Art Center (in Watertown) and Pipestone (Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers & Pipestone National Monument). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Falls Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly House & Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, and don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls road trip planner .

Getting from Wall to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Murdo.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pipestone, Redlin Art Center
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

2
nights
Murdo

Murdo ©
Murdo is a city in Jones County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes South Dakota's Original 1880 Town. On the 30th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Pioneer Auto Museum, contemplate the long history of South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, and then pause for some photo ops at Trail of Governors. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): step off the mainland to explore La Framboise Island, then get a sense of history and politics at State Capitol, and then ponder the design of Flaming Fountain.

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Getting from Sioux Falls to Murdo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. May in Murdo sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in Murdo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pierre
Highlights from your plan
La Framboise Island ©
La Framboise Island
State Capitol ©
State Capitol
Pioneer Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Auto Museum

2
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Dakota Discovery Museum, then look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, then make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally make a trip to Corn Palace. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, and then examine the collection at South Dakota Tractor Museum.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mitchell journey planner.

You can drive from Murdo to Mitchell in 2.5 hours. May in Mitchell sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Spearfish.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

South Dakota Tractor Museum
Highlights from your plan
South Dakota Tractor Museum ©
South Dakota Tractor Museum
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©

3
nights
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Devils Tower National Monument, then go for a walk through Tower Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, don't miss a visit to Center of the Nation Monument, then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Spearfish route site .

Drive from Mitchell to Spearfish in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mitchell in June; daily highs in Spearfish reach 75°F and lows reach 52°F. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Spearfish

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Devils Tower, Belle Fourche, Spearfish Falls
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

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