30 days in South Dakota Itinerary

30 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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30 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Dayton
taxi + Fly:  5​h
1
Rapid City
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hot Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Interior
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Mitchell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 9 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h
End: Dayton

9
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Wall Drug (in Wall), Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Sylvan Lake, & more) and Keystone (Presidential Trail, Breezy Point Picnic Area, & more). Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City journey maker tool .

Dayton to Rapid City is an approximately 5-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dayton in June since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Spearfish, Deadwood, Black Elk Peak
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

4
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hot Springs: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Jewel Cave National Monument, & more) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at Windcross Conservancy, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and explore and take pictures at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rapid City to Hot Springs in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in June; daily highs in Hot Springs reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Interior.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Wind Cave National Park, Needles Highway, Windcross Conservancy
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

3
nights
Interior

Interior ©
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interior: Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall, Loop Road, & more). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, trek along Notch Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Door Trail, and explore the galleries of Prairie Homestead.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Interior trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hot Springs to Interior by car takes about 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hot Springs in June: high temperatures in Interior hover around 83°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in Interior

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Prairie Homestead
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

3
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to South Dakota Tractor Museum (in Kimball), Chamberlain (Dignity & Akta Lakota Museum) and De Smet (Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, & more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Corn Palace, get engrossed in the history at Dakota Discovery Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post, and don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mitchell visit planning tool .

Drive from Interior to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Interior to Mitchell. In June in Mitchell, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

De Smet, Chamberlain, Old West Trading Post, South Dakota Tractor Museum
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

9
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Yankton (Fantle Memorial Park & Lewis and Clark Recreation Area), Devil's Gulch (in Garretson) and Brookings (McCrory Gardens, Wooden Legs Brewing Company, & more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park, trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, examine the collection at Sioux Empire Medical Museum, and meet the residents at Butterfly House & Aquarium.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls itinerary tool .

Getting from Mitchell to Sioux Falls by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. June in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Brookings, Yankton, Garretson, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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