5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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— 2 nights
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Sioux Falls
— 1 night


Keystone — 2 nights

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Change things up with these side-trips from Keystone: Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park), Custer (Sylvan Lake & Needles Eye Tunnel) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). The adventure continues: hike along Presidential Trail, admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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New York City to Keystone is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in March since evenings lows in Keystone dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Badlands National Park — 1 night

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 17th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then cruise along Loop Road, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail.

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You can drive from Keystone to Badlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Keystone in March: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Sioux Falls.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Sioux Falls — 1 night

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. On the 18th (Fri), hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails and then walk around Falls Park.

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You can drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sioux Falls, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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South Dakota travel guide

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.