31 days in South Dakota Itinerary

31 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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31 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Custer
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Spearfish
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 7 nights
Fly + Foot:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Get outdoors at Loop Road and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Get out of town with these interesting Badlands National Park side-trips: Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (in Martin) and Oglala Lakota College Historical Center (in Kyle). Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, explore and take pictures at Sheep Mountain Table Road, trek along Door Trail, and stroll through Notch Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker site .

New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Badlands National Park, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

9
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Let the collections at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Art Expressions capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Black Hills National Forest and Wildlife Loop Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Presidential Trail (in Keystone), Wind Cave National Park (Elk Mountain Nature Trail & Wind Cave National Park) and Hill City (Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota, Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery, & more). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring the underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, and explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer travel planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Custer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in June, with highs in Custer at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, Keystone, South Dakota, Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

6
nights
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame capture your imagination. Step out of Spearfish with an excursion to Roughlock Falls Nature Area in Savoy--about 38 minutes away. Spend a day outdoors on the 18th (Thu) with PaleoAdventures. There's lots more to do: cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, hike along Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, identify plant and animal life at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, and get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Spearfish tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Custer to Spearfish takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Spearfish. June in Spearfish sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Deadwood, Lead, Belle Fourche, Sturgis, Savoy
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

3
nights
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Appreciate the collections at Redlin Art Center and Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center. Popular historic sites such as Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and De Smet Cemetery are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting De Smet side-trips: Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum, Codington County Historical Museum, & more) and Mitchell (Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village & Corn Palace). There's more to do: make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial and take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the De Smet online travel route planner .

Drive from Spearfish to De Smet in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Spearfish in June, expect nights in De Smet to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Watertown, Mitchell, Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

7
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Appreciate the collections at National Music Museum and Old Courthouse Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Joseph Cathedral and Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve. Explore Sioux Falls' surroundings by going to Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota), Lewis and Clark Recreation Area (in Yankton) and Devil's Gulch (in Garretson). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Strawbale Winery, trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, and contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip planner .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Strawbale Winery, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, Newton Hills State Park, Sioux City Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum

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