29 days in South Dakota Itinerary

29 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip maker
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Rapid City
— 10 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
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Chamberlain
— 2 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 8 nights
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Watertown
— 2 nights
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Rapid City — 10 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Mount Coolidge, &more), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Presidential Trail, &more) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, learn more about the world around you at The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary planning app.

Nantes, France to Rapid City is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Nantes to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. May in Rapid City sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.
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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.
Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, trek along Castle Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park visit planning app.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chamberlain.
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Chamberlain — 2 nights

Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 8th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post, take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, then see what you can catch with Allen's Hillside Guide Service, and finally make a trip to Dignity. On the next day, explore the galleries of South Dakota Hall of Fame and then see the interesting displays at South Dakota Tractor Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chamberlain road trip app.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain by car takes about 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Chamberlain can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Sioux Falls.
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Museums · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Sioux Falls — 8 nights

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose), Mitchell (Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, Corn Palace, &more) and Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie (in De Smet). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Falls Park, engage your brain at Washington Pavilion, cast your line with The Outdoor Campus, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Blood Run Nature Area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip tool.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls takes 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Watertown.
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Watertown — 2 nights

Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Watertown Veterans Memorial, get to know the resident critters at Bramble Park Zoo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mellette House. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, and then view the masterpieces at Terry Redlin Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Watertown journey planner.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Watertown in 2 hours. June in Watertown sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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