6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Evansville
Fly + Taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Evansville

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Custer trip itinerary builder website .

Evansville to Custer is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July, Custer is slightly colder than Evansville - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio, explore the galleries of Adams House, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Deadwood day trip planning app .

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In July in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish
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Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Deadwood in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, do a tasting at Strawbale Winery, then get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls itinerary planning app .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Sioux Falls, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Wildlife Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Strawbale Winery
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Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Strawbale Winery ©
Strawbale Winery

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