29 days in South Dakota Itinerary

29 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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29 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  5​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:  2​h
4
Aberdeen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Rapid City
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Hot Springs
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

6
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Washington Pavilion and The Blood Run Nature Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota), Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose) and Corn Palace (in Mitchell). There's much more to do: stroll through Falls Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, browse the exhibits of Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls online trip maker .

Los Angeles to Sioux Falls is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Sioux Falls is colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 27°F and lows of 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Brookings.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Porter Sculpture Park, Corn Palace, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Palisades State Park
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium

2
nights
Brookings

Brookings ©
Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. On the 7th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, don't miss a visit to Brookings Summer Arts Festival, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wooden Legs Brewing Company. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of South Dakota, then take in nature's colorful creations at McCrory Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, and finally stop by SDSU Dairy Sales Bar.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Brookings trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Brookings takes an hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 29°F, and evening lows to 12°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Brookings

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie
Highlights from your plan
Children's Museum of South Dakota ©
Children's Museum of South Dakota
SDSU Dairy Sales Bar ©
SDSU Dairy Sales Bar

2
nights
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Redlin Art Center, then view the masterpieces at Terry Redlin Museum, then admire the striking features of Mellette House, and finally take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Bramble Park Zoo and then pause for some photo ops at Watertown Veterans Memorial.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Watertown trip planning app .

You can drive from Brookings to Watertown in an hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Watertown when traveling from Brookings in February, with lows around 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Bramble Park Zoo ©
Bramble Park Zoo
Codington County Historical Museum ©

2
nights
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): stroll through Richmond Lake Recreation Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wylie Park, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Storybook Land. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Dacotah Prairie Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aberdeen road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Watertown to Aberdeen takes 2 hours. In February in Aberdeen, expect temperatures between 27°F during the day and 5°F at night. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Storybook Land and Land of Oz ©
Storybook Land and Land of Oz
Wylie Park ©
Wylie Park
Dacotah Prairie Museum ©
Dacotah Prairie Museum

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.
Attractions like Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge and Badlands Ranch Store make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Loop Road, stroll through Castle Trail, explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, and admire all the interesting features of Sheep Mountain Table Road.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park journey builder tool .

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to Badlands National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aberdeen in February: high temperatures in Badlands National Park hover around 38°F and lows are around 12°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

7
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will enjoy Reptile Gardens and Bear Country USA. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Hill City (Insideout, Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery, & more), Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 23rd (Sat) at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, make a trip to Dinosaur Park, stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Deadwood, Hill City, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

4
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Sunday Gulch Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Hot Springs: Custer (Art Expressions, Jewel Cave National Monument, & more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Angostura Recreation Area, admire the sheer force of Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, cruise along Needles Highway, and pause for some photo ops at Bicycle Sculpture.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Hot Springs takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Hot Springs are 35°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Bicycle Sculpture, Needles Highway
Highlights from your plan
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

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