6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Sylvan Lake, &more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City travel itinerary planner.

Indianapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In July in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails and then stroll around Falls Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sioux Falls trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, expect nights in Sioux Falls to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park

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