33 days in South Dakota Itinerary

33 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Deadwood
— 6 nights
Drive
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Custer
— 8 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive
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Watertown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sioux Falls
— 9 nights
Drive to Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field, Fly to Montreal

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Deadwood

— 6 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Get outdoors at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center. Let the collections at Adams Museum and Adams House capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deadwood: Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead), Tri-State Museum (in Belle Fourche) and Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum, and see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Deadwood trip itinerary builder website.

Montreal, Canada to Deadwood is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Deadwood is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Montreal in September since evenings lows in Deadwood dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Custer

— 8 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Iron Mountain Road. Let the collections at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park), Hot Springs (Evans Plunge Mineral Springs & Pioneer Museum) and Keystone (Presidential Trail & National Presidential Wax Museum). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, and trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Custer. In September, daily temperatures in Custer can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 6 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.
Appreciate the collections at Oglala Lakota College Historical Center and Armed Forces Display & Gifts. Get outdoors at Loop Road and Badlands Wall. Change things up with a short trip to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior (about 40 minutes away). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, trek along Notch Trail, stroll through Door Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park vacation builder site.

Drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Custer, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Chamberlain

— 1 night
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, then take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, then take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Hall of Fame, and finally appreciate the history behind Dignity.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamberlain tour itinerary maker site.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums

Watertown

— 2 nights
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 5th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum, view the masterpieces at Redlin Art Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Terry Redlin Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Mellette House. On the next day, explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of South Dakota, explore the world behind art at South Dakota Art Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Watertown trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Watertown takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Sioux Falls

— 9 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Music Museum and South Dakota Tractor Museum. Take a break from the city and head to SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument and Palisades State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Devil's Gulch (in Garretson), Corn Palace (in Mitchell) and Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota). There's lots more to do: walk around Falls Park, take an in-depth tour of Old Courthouse Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and explore the activities along Lake Herman State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Watertown to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. October in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.