3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner
Make it your trip
— 1 day
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Sioux Falls
— 1 night


Custer — 1 day

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 24th (Tue), trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Custer tour planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Custer is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Custer. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Toronto in May: high temperatures in Custer hover around 17°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
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Badlands National Park — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook and then stroll through Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park day trip site.

Drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in May, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Sioux Falls — 1 night

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. On the 26th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls road trip app.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls is 1 hour. In May in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors

South Dakota travel guide

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.