36 days in South Dakota Itinerary

36 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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36 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Scottsbluff
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Crazy Horse
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Murdo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
De Smet
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Sioux Falls
— 10 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Scottsbluff

2
nights
Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Crazy Horse Memorial. On the 13th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Native American Educational and Cultural Center and then pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Harney Peak.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Crazy Horse online trip planner .

Scottsbluff to Crazy Horse is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Scottsbluff in June, things will get slightly colder in Crazy Horse: highs are around 73°F and lows about 48°F. On the 15th (Sat), you're off toRapid City.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Harney Peak
Highlights from your plan
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak

11
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Black Hills Mining Museum and Days of '76 Museum. Appreciate the collections at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit and Museum of Geology. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Spearfish (D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & High Plains Heritage Center Museum), Hill City (Insideout & The Museum @ Black Hills Institute) and Deadwood (Adams House, Mt Roosevelt Monument, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 23rd (Sun) at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Journey Museum & Learning Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, view the masterpieces at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, and learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip builder tool .

Scottsbluff to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Scottsbluff in June, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Deadwood, Hill City, Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Lead
Highlights from your plan
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Adams House ©
Adams House

6
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Badlands Petrified Gardens. Get a sense of the local culture at Sage Creek Wilderness Area and Oglala Lakota College Historical Center. Step out of Badlands National Park to go to Martin and see Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, hike along Saddle Pass Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail.

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

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Murdo.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Badlands Petrified Gardens
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Sage Creek Wilderness Area ©
Sage Creek Wilderness Area
Badlands Petrified Gardens ©
Badlands Petrified Gardens

3
nights
Murdo

Murdo ©
Murdo is a city in Jones County, South Dakota, United States. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pioneer Auto Museum and South Dakota National Guard Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Dakota's Original 1880 Town and State Capitol. Venture out of the city with trips to Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum (in Fort Pierre) and Pierre (South Dakota State Historical Society Museum & South Dakota Discovery Center).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Murdo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Murdo takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Murdo

Museums Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pierre, Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Auto Museum
South Dakota's Original 1880 Town ©

3
nights
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial and Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Redlin Art Center and De Smet Depot Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Corn Palace in Mitchell (about 1h 20 min away). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read De Smet trip planner .

Traveling by car from Murdo to De Smet takes 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in De Smet can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Mitchell, Redlin Art Center
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

10
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Appreciate the collections at National Music Museum and Washington Pavilion. Get some historical perspective at St. Joseph Cathedral and Spirit Mound. Venture out of the city with trips to Lewis and Clark Recreation Area (in Yankton), Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose) and Shrine to Music Museum (in Vermillion). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, test your problem-solving skills at Escapades Escape Rooms, admire all the interesting features of Denny Sanford Premier Center, and appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls route builder site .

Getting from De Smet to Sioux Falls by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vermillion, Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, Porter Sculpture Park, Palisades State Park, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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