33 days in South Dakota Itinerary

33 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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33 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Tulsa
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Watertown
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Mitchell
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Deadwood
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Custer
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Tulsa

8
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: Vermillion (National Music Museum & Shrine to Music Museum), Yankton (Fantle Memorial Park, Meridian Highway Bridge, & more) and Newton Hills State Park (in Canton). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, and get curious at Washington Pavilion.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip maker website .

Tulsa to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tulsa in May, expect Sioux Falls to be a bit cooler, temps between 69°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Yankton, Vermillion, Newton Hills State Park, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

3
nights
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Watertown: Fort Sisseton State Park (in Lake City) and De Smet (Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bramble Park Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Codington County Historical Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Watertown Veterans Memorial.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Watertown tour site .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Watertown in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in Watertown

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

De Smet, Fort Sisseton State Park
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Fort Sisseton State Park ©
Fort Sisseton State Park

2
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 25th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace, don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, then get lost in a book at Carnegie Resource Center, and finally stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mitchell Campground, and then contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mitchell trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Watertown to Mitchell takes 2.5 hours. In May in Mitchell, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

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.
Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: cruise along Loop Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Mitchell to Badlands National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Mitchell in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Badlands National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Wall Drug, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

7
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Get out of town with these interesting Deadwood side-trips: Rapid City (Reptile Gardens, Bear Country USA, & more), Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche) and Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and contemplate the long history of Adams House.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Deadwood trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Deadwood, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rapid City, Spearfish, Savoy, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

7
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Keystone (Presidential Trail, Goodtyme Photo, & more), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Wind Cave National Park (Wind Cave National Park & Elk Mountain Nature Trail). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument.

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Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Custer due to the time zone difference. In June in Custer, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Wind Cave National Park, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial, Needles Highway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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