34 days in South Dakota Itinerary

34 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Wind Cave National Park
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 11 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
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Chamberlain
— 3 nights
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De Smet
— 2 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 11 nights

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Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Elk Mountain Nature Trail, identify plant and animal life at Wind Cave National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rankin Ridge Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak, admire all the interesting features of Needles Highway, and then identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wind Cave National Park travel planner.

Kalamazoo to Wind Cave National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Wind Cave National Park. Traveling from Kalamazoo in May, things will get little chillier in Wind Cave National Park: highs are around 59°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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Mountain
Black Elk Peak
4.8
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Wildlife Area
Windcross Conservancy
4.4

11
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get in touch with nature at Bear Country USA and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Museum-lovers will appreciate Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Adams Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: The Museum @ Black Hills Institute (in Hill City), Hot Springs (Red Rock River Resort & Pioneer Museum) and Custer (Black Hills National Forest, Sylvan Lake, &more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, visit Downtown Rapid City, and stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City online journey planner.

You can drive from Wind Cave National Park to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Wind Cave National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Rapid City: highs are around 65°F and lows about 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Loop Road and Yellow Mounds Overlook. Change things up with these side-trips from Badlands National Park: South Dakota's Original 1880 Town (in Murdo) and Hurley Butte Horseback Riding (in Interior). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, trek along Notch Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail, and explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Must see
Loop Road
4.9
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National Park
Badlands National Park
4.9
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Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9

3
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Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Akta Lakota Museum and Pioneer Auto Museum. Let the collections at South Dakota Tractor Museum and South Dakota Hall of Fame capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Dignity, get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and hunt for treasures at Old West Trading Post.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamberlain planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June in Chamberlain, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

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Specialty Museum
South Dakota Tractor Museum
4.8
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Specialty Museum
Pioneer Auto Museum
4.4

2
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De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 20th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Oakwood Lakes State Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Herman State Park. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our De Smet trip planner.

You can drive from Chamberlain to De Smet in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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11
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve and SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument. Get some historical perspective at St. Joseph Cathedral and Meridian Highway Bridge. Explore Sioux Falls' surroundings by going to Mitchell (Dakota Discovery Museum, Corn Palace, &more), Spirit Mound (in Vermillion) and Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum, Redlin Art Center, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Falls Park, get engrossed in the history at Old Courthouse Museum, test your team's savvy at Escape 605, and get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls driving holiday planner.

Drive from De Smet to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Redlin Art Center
4.9
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Park
Falls Park
4.7

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