55 days in South Dakota Itinerary

55 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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55 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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

7
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Corn Palace and George and Eleanor McGovern Library. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, take an in-depth tour of Dakota Discovery Museum, look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, and make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mitchell trip itinerary site .

Orlando to Mitchell is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train, taxi, flight, and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Orlando to Mitchell is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Orlando in May, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Mitchell: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 47°F at night. You will leave for De Smet on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dakota Discovery Museum ©
Dakota Discovery Museum
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

7
nights
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near De Smet: Brookings (South Dakota Art Museum, Wooden Legs Brewing Company, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, and make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial.

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You can drive from Mitchell to De Smet in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in De Smet can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Watertown.

Things to do in De Smet

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Brookings
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
South Dakota Art Museum ©
South Dakota Art Museum

6
nights
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Aberdeen (Dacotah Prairie Museum, Wylie Park, & more), Fort Sisseton State Park (in Lake City) and Nicollet Tower & Interpretive Center (in Sisseton). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bramble Park Zoo, and try your luck at Dakota Sioux Casino.

Make your Watertown itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from De Smet to Watertown by car takes about an hour. In June, daytime highs in Watertown are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 15th (Sat), you'll travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Watertown

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Aberdeen, Fort Sisseton State Park, Nicollet Tower & Interpretive Center
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Fort Sisseton State Park ©
Fort Sisseton State Park
Dacotah Prairie Museum ©
Dacotah Prairie Museum

6
nights
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Akta Lakota Museum and South Dakota Tractor Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chamberlain: Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum (in Fort Pierre), Pioneer Auto Museum (in Murdo) and Pierre (State Capitol, Oahe Dam, & more). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post, contemplate the waterfront views at Pactola Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Coolidge, and make a trip to Dignity.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamberlain trip maker site .

Getting from Watertown to Chamberlain by car takes about 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Chamberlain are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pierre, Pactola Lake, South Dakota Tractor Museum, Pioneer Auto Museum, Mount Coolidge
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
South Dakota Tractor Museum ©
South Dakota Tractor Museum
Pioneer Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Auto Museum

7
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 Big Badlands Overlook will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Badlands Petrified Gardens and Prairie Homestead. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Wall Drug, hike along Castle Trail, explore the striking landscape of Burns Basin Overlook, and stroll through Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park online tour planner .

Getting from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. June in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wall, Philip, Badlands Petrified Gardens, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

7
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Let the collections at Adams Museum and Adams House capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Chapel in the Hills. Get out of town with these interesting Deadwood side-trips: Rapid City (Cosmos Mystery Area, Bear Country USA, & more). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, look for gifts at Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, pause for some photo ops at Mt Roosevelt Monument, and try to win big at Gold Dust Casino.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Deadwood travel planning website .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in June: highs in Deadwood hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rapid City, Spearfish
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Wildlife Loop Road. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prairie Berry Winery and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap), Big Thunder Gold Mine (in Keystone) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument, delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, and explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Custer route builder .

Drive from Deadwood to Custer in 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 July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 53°F in Custer. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, South Dakota, Hill City, Crazy Horse Memorial, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

6
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Visit St. Joseph Cathedral and Spirit Mound for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to SculptureWalk Sioux Falls and Great Bear Recreation Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose) and National Music Museum (in Vermillion). There's much more to do: stroll through Falls Park, meet the residents at Butterfly House & Aquarium, look for all kinds of wild species at The Blood Run Nature Area, and have some family-friendly fun at Sky Zone Trampoline Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Sioux Falls takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Sioux Falls is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sioux Falls when traveling from Custer in July, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Vermillion, Porter Sculpture Park, Buffalo Ridge Ghost Town, Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum

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