6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Sioux Falls
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Appleton

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls online route planner .

Appleton to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. In September, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park

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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 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sioux Falls in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Badlands National Park, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

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

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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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Bear Country USA and Storybook Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, stop by Christmas Village Store, and make a trip to Dinosaur Park.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City holiday builder website .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Rapid City, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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