6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Boston

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night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mt Roosevelt Monument.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood road trip planner .

Boston to Deadwood is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Deadwood. Traveling from Boston in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Deadwood, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 14th (Wed), stop by Goodtyme Photo, then admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Custer online vacation planner .

Drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Custer is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Deadwood in August since evenings lows in Custer dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
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.
On the 15th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Custer to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Custer in August: high temperatures in Badlands National Park hover around 87°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read De Smet road trip planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in De Smet, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

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night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral and then stroll around Falls Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sioux Falls driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from De Smet to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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