6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Aberdeen
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will enjoy Horseback Riding Tours and Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Geology and Badlands National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer State Park (in Custer) and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute (in Hill City). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary app .

Des Moines to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in May; daily highs in Rapid City reach 65°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Custer, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf ©
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology

1
day
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Dacotah Prairie Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wylie Park, and then let little ones run wild at Storybook Land.

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You can drive from Rapid City to Aberdeen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Rapid City to Aberdeen is 1 hour. May in Aberdeen sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Storybook Land and Land of Oz ©
Storybook Land and Land of Oz
Wylie Park ©
Wylie Park
Dacotah Prairie Museum ©
Dacotah Prairie Museum

1
night
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 15th (Wed): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the De Smet trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aberdeen to De Smet takes 2 hours. May in De Smet sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to 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

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the galleries of Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium

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