37 days in South Dakota Itinerary

37 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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37 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Watertown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Sioux Falls
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mitchell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Chamberlain
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Pierre
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Deadwood
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Custer
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  22​h
End: Helsinki

2
nights
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Let the collections at Redlin Art Center and South Dakota Art Museum capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Bramble Park Zoo and Oakwood Lakes State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Brookings (Children's Museum of South Dakota & The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Mellette House, take in the exciting artwork at Terry Redlin Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Watertown Veterans Memorial.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Watertown trip planning website .

Helsinki, Finland to Watertown is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Helsinki to Watertown, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Watertown can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Brookings, Oakwood Lakes State Park
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Codington County Historical Museum ©
South Dakota Art Museum ©
South Dakota Art Museum

6
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to SculptureWalk Sioux Falls and Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. Appreciate the collections at Shrine to Music Museum and Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Newton Hills State Park (in Canton), National Music Museum (in Vermillion) and Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Falls Park, engage your brain at Washington Pavilion, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and examine the collection at Sioux Empire Medical Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Watertown to Sioux Falls by car takes about 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Palisades State Park, Newton Hills State Park, National Music Museum
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum

3
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Let the collections at Corn Palace and Dakota Discovery Museum capture your imagination. When in Mitchell, make a side trip to see Dimock Dairy in Dimock, approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, get lost in a book at Carnegie Resource Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mitchell Campground, and contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mitchell trip planner .

Drive from Sioux Falls to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Mitchell

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Dimock Dairy
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mitchell Campground ©
Lake Mitchell Campground
Dakota Discovery Museum ©
Dakota Discovery Museum
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

3
nights
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate Akta Lakota Museum and South Dakota Tractor Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, get engrossed in the history at South Dakota Hall of Fame, pause for some photo ops at Dignity, and stop by Old West Trading Post.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chamberlain trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Chamberlain takes 1.5 hours. In April in Chamberlain, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 18th (Thu), you're off toPierre.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

South Dakota Tractor Museum, Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
South Dakota Tractor Museum ©
South Dakota Tractor Museum
South Dakota Hall of Fame ©
South Dakota Hall of Fame

4
nights
Pierre

Pierre ©
Pierre is the capital of the state of South Dakota and the county seat of Hughes County. Visiting Mount Coolidge and La Framboise Island will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Dakota Sunset Museum and South Dakota State Historical Society Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Pierre: Murdo (South Dakota's Original 1880 Town & Pioneer Auto Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Cultural Heritage Center, examine the collection at Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum, get curious at South Dakota Discovery Center, and brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota National Guard Museum.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pierre trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Pierre takes 1.5 hours. April in Pierre sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Pierre

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Murdo, Dakota Sunset Museum, Mount Coolidge, Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mount Coolidge ©
Mount Coolidge
Pioneer Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Auto Museum
South Dakota National Guard Museum ©

4
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.
Visiting Loop Road and Badlands National Park will get you outdoors. Step out of Badlands National Park to go to Kyle and see Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, hike along Saddle Pass Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Pierre to Badlands National Park takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. April in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

5
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Museum-lovers will get to explore Adams Museum and D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. Escape the urban bustle at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Roughlock Falls Nature Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deadwood: Belle Fourche (Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, PaleoAdventures, & more), Spearfish Falls (in Savoy) and Bridal Veil Falls (in Spearfish). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, and appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Deadwood online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Deadwood takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in April, you will find days in Deadwood are little chillier (13°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Lead, Savoy, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Highlights from your plan
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

7
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Visiting Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Mount Rushmore National Memorial will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Venture out of the city with trips to Keystone (Presidential Trail & National Presidential Wax Museum), Hill City (Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery, Things That Rock, & more) and Pioneer Museum (in Hot Springs). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, identify plant and animal life at Black Hills National Forest, explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, and take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Custer trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Deadwood in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Custer, with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, South Dakota, Keystone, Hot Springs, Crazy Horse
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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