57 days in South Dakota Itinerary

57 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Chamberlain
— 5 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 11 nights
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Watertown
— 7 nights
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Pierre
— 7 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 8 nights
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Custer
— 9 nights
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Deadwood
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Chamberlain — 5 nights

Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Explore Chamberlain's surroundings by going to Rosebud Indian Reservation (in Rosebud) and South Dakota Tractor Museum (in Kimball). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Dignity, hunt for treasures at Old West Trading Post, see what you can catch with Allen's Hillside Guide Service, and browse the exhibits of South Dakota Hall of Fame.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamberlain trip app.

Rapid City to Chamberlain is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in December, and nighttime lows around 13°F. You'll set off for Sioux Falls on the 20th (Mon).
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Sioux Falls — 11 nights

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: National Music Museum (in Vermillion), Mitchell (Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village & Corn Palace) and Fantle Memorial Park (in Yankton). The adventure continues: stroll around Falls Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and admire the majestic nature at Lake Vermillion Recreation Area.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sioux Falls, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°F in December, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Watertown.
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Watertown — 7 nights

Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center (in Redfield), De Smet (De Smet Depot Museum & De Smet Cemetery) and Brookings (Brookings Summer Arts Festival, Wooden Legs Brewing Company, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, take an in-depth tour of Mellette House, get a taste of the local shopping with Terry Redlin Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bramble Park Zoo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Watertown day trip planning site.

Drive from Sioux Falls to Watertown in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Watertown sees daily highs of 26°F and lows of 9°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pierre.
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Pierre — 7 nights

Pierre is the capital of the state of South Dakota and the county seat of Hughes County. Change things up with these side-trips from Pierre: Wall Drug (in Wall), Klein Museum (in Mobridge) and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of State Capitol, appreciate the history behind Trail of Governors, see the interesting displays at Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Museum, and engage your brain at South Dakota Discovery Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Pierre online travel planner.

You can drive from Watertown to Pierre in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, Pierre is somewhat warmer than Watertown - with highs of 29°F and lows of 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.
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Badlands National Park — 8 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Badlands National Park side-trips: Oglala Lakota College Historical Center (in Kyle), Hurley Butte Horseback Riding (in Interior) and Pine Ridge Reservation (in Manderson). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, hike along Door Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saddle Pass Trail, and explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook.

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Getting from Pierre to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in January, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Custer.
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Custer — 9 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Keystone (Presidential Trail & Rushmore Tramway Adventures), Hot Springs (The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs & Red Rock River Resort) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, and cruise along Wildlife Loop Road.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Custer trip builder tool.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in January, and nighttime lows around 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Deadwood.
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Deadwood — 9 nights

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Venture out of the city with trips to Belle Fourche (Tri-State Museum & Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Terry Peak Ski Area, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Deadwood road trip planner.

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in January, and nighttime lows around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive back home.
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South Dakota travel guide

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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.
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