35 days in South Dakota Itinerary

35 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota visit planner

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Fly to Sioux Gateway Airport / Brigadier General Bud Day Field, Drive to Sioux Falls
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Sioux Falls
— 7 nights
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Mitchell
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamberlain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 7 nights
Drive
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Custer
— 8 nights
Drive
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Deadwood
— 6 nights
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Sioux Falls

— 7 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose), Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota) and Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum & Redlin Art Center). And it doesn't end there: walk around Falls Park, trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and stroll through Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary maker app.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sioux Falls is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sioux Falls, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Mitchell

— 3 nights
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Mitchell: De Smet (Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes & Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie) and Dimock Dairy (in Dimock). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Corn Palace and steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mitchell trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Sioux Falls to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Chamberlain

— 2 nights
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 3rd (Tue), see the interesting displays at South Dakota Tractor Museum, then stop by Old West Trading Post, and then take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures and then pause for some photo ops at Dignity.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Chamberlain route app.

Getting from Mitchell to Chamberlain by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Chamberlain, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 7 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.
Go for a jaunt from Badlands National Park to Interior to see Hurley Butte Horseback Riding about 40 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Loop Road, hike along Notch Trail, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Door Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. August in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Custer

— 8 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Keystone (Rushmore Tramway Adventures, Presidential Trail, &more) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, and take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Custer day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, Custer is a bit cooler than Badlands National Park - with highs of 29°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 6 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. When in Deadwood, make a side trip to see Roughlock Falls State Nature Area in Lead, approximately Lead away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Black Hills Mining Museum, contemplate the long history of Adams House, and admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Deadwood route maker.

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Deadwood are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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.