5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Stockyards Ag Experience, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls day trip planning app .

Omaha to Sioux Falls is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In May, Sioux Falls is little chillier than Omaha - with highs of 69°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Stockyards Ag Experience ©
Stockyards Ag Experience

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the De Smet trip planner .

Drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, then trek along Notch Trail, and finally trek along Door Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conata Basin Overlook, hike along Saddle Pass Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park online trip builder .

Drive from De Smet to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, then take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, and finally explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Rapid City, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Suzie Cappa Art Center ©
Suzie Cappa Art Center

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