36 days in South Dakota Itinerary

36 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

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Sioux Falls
— 9 nights
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Mitchell
— 4 nights
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Chamberlain
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
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Rapid City
— 14 nights
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Sioux Falls

— 9 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota), Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose) and Watertown (Bramble Park Zoo, Watertown Veterans Memorial, &more). There's much more to do: walk around Falls Park, trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, stroll through SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary planner.

Miami to Sioux Falls is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Miami to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in October, things will get colder in Sioux Falls: highs are around 62°F and lows about 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mitchell

— 4 nights
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mitchell: De Smet (Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, &more), Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center (in Redfield) and Dimock Dairy (in Dimock). There's much more to do: make a trip to Corn Palace, learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and take an in-depth tour of Dakota Discovery Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mitchell driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

Chamberlain

— 3 nights
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chamberlain: Pioneer Auto Museum (in Murdo) and South Dakota Tractor Museum (in Kimball). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, explore the galleries of South Dakota Hall of Fame, and make a trip to Dignity.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Chamberlain online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Chamberlain takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Chamberlain are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 5 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.
Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Loop Road, get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, hike along Door Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park online road trip planner.

Getting from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In November, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 14 nights

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 out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Wall (Delta-09 Missile Silo & Wall Drug), Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Mount Coolidge, &more) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, admire all the interesting features of Needles Highway, look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills Helicopters, and make a trip to Dinosaur Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Rapid City online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°F in Rapid City. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.