4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Omaha

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Museum of Geology, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Rapid City day trip planner.

Omaha to Rapid City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Omaha in May, expect Rapid City to be a bit cooler, temps between 65°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Shopping
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Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
Suzie Cappa Art Center ©
Suzie Cappa Art Center

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, and finally trek along Notch Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park day trip website .

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

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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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our De Smet sightseeing site .

Drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then explore the galleries of Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls tour builder site .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. In May in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium

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