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, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Old West Trading Post, get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chamberlain trip itinerary planner.

Rapid City to Chamberlain is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Chamberlain are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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: Mitchell (Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village & Corn Palace), National Music Museum (in Vermillion) and Fantle Memorial Park (in Yankton). The adventure continues: stroll around Falls Park, steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, look and learn at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium.

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. 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 travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 Brookings (Brookings Summer Arts Festival, Wooden Legs Brewing Company, &more), De Smet (De Smet Depot Museum & De Smet Cemetery) and Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center (in Redfield). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bramble Park Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Codington County Historical Museum, and admire the striking features of Mellette House.

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. 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 travel to Pierre.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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: Klein Museum (in Mobridge), Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip) and Wall Drug (in Wall). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of State Capitol, appreciate the history behind Trail of Governors, see human ingenuity at work at Oahe Dam, and explore the engaging exhibits 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. 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 travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Pierre

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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: Pine Ridge Reservation (in Manderson), Hurley Butte Horseback Riding (in Interior) and Oglala Lakota College Historical Center (in Kyle). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, stop by Badlands Ranch Store, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

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Getting from Pierre to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. 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.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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 (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.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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 Termesphere Gallery.

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.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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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.