34 days in South Dakota Itinerary

34 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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34 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  10​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mitchell
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Custer
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Deadwood
— 7 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

9
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Visit St. Joseph Cathedral and Pettigrew Home & Museum for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve and The Blood Run Nature Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota), Brookings (McCrory Gardens, Children's Museum of South Dakota, & more) and Yankton (Lewis and Clark Recreation Area & Meridian Highway Bridge). There's still lots to do: walk around Falls Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Arrowhead Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of First Lutheran Church, and learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls tour itinerary planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Sioux Falls is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Edmonton to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Edmonton in June; daily highs in Sioux Falls reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial. Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village and De Smet Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. When in Mitchell, make a side trip to see South Dakota Tractor Museum in Kimball, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Corn Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mitchell Campground, make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and browse the collection at Carnegie Resource Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mitchell trip planner.

Drive from Sioux Falls to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Mitchell are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

De Smet, South Dakota Tractor Museum
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

5
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Prairie Homestead. Get outdoors at Loop Road and Badlands Wall. Change things up with these side-trips from Wall: Badlands National Park (Panorama Point Overlook, Notch Trail, & more), Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (in Martin) and South Dakota's Original 1880 Town (in Murdo). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Wall Drug, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Wall trip planning site .

You can drive from Mitchell to Wall in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mitchell to Wall due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Wall can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Philip, South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, Badlands National Park, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kids will enjoy Jewel Cave National Monument and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Get outdoors at Black Hills National Forest and Custer State Park. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Keystone (Big Thunder Gold Mine, Presidential Trail, & more), Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take in the awesome beauty at Harney Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Custer journey planner .

Getting from Wall to Custer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Wall in July; daily highs in Custer reach 31°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

7
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Escape the urban bustle at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Broken Boot Gold Mine and Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Deadwood: Devil Bathtub South Dakota (in Spearfish), Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead) and Belle Fourche (PaleoAdventures & Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, immerse yourself in nature at Roughlock Falls Nature Area, get answers to all your questions at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Deadwood tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Sturgis, Lead, Savoy
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

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