30 days in South Dakota Itinerary

30 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota attractions planner
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Rapid City
— 10 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 7 nights
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Chamberlain
— 2 nights
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Watertown
— 3 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 7 nights
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Rapid City — 10 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Family-friendly places like Bear Country USA and Mount Rushmore National Memorial will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Horseback Riding Tours, Sylvan Lake, &more), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Presidential Trail (in Keystone). Pack the 9th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, cruise along Needles Highway, get a taste of the local shopping with Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, and meet the residents at Reptile Gardens.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip builder site.

Atlanta to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Atlanta in September: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 75°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.
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Badlands National Park — 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Loop Road and Badlands Wall. Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, and get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park journey site.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Rapid City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chamberlain.
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Chamberlain — 2 nights

Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and then don't miss a visit to Dignity. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Old West Trading Post and then examine the collection at South Dakota Tractor Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamberlain trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Watertown.
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Watertown — 3 nights

Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Redlin Art Center and Watertown Veterans Memorial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Watertown: De Smet (De Smet Cemetery & Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Bramble Park Zoo, view the masterpieces at Terry Redlin Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Mellette House.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Watertown trip planner.

Getting from Chamberlain to Watertown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.
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Sioux Falls — 7 nights

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Family-friendly places like Falls Park and St. Joseph Cathedral will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Sioux Falls side-trips: Mitchell (Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle & Corn Palace). The adventure continues: hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, look and learn at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, and admire the majestic nature at Good Earth State Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip planner.

Traveling by car from Watertown to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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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