5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Richmond

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, test your team's savvy at Escapades Escape Rooms, then see the interesting displays at Sioux Empire Medical Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

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Richmond to Sioux Falls is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Richmond to Sioux Falls. Traveling from Richmond in April, expect Sioux Falls to be a bit cooler, temps between 56°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums
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St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park visit planner .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. April in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 16th (Thu), stroll the grounds of Black Hill National Cemetery, then take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City attractions planning website .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Rapid City sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 33°F at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Keystone, Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota, Black Hill National Cemetery
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Founders Park ©
Founders Park
Black Hill National Cemetery ©
Black Hill National Cemetery

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