6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  4 h
1
De Smet
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
2
Philip
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Minneapolis

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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 3rd (Mon): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the De Smet planner.

Minneapolis to De Smet is an approximately 4- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in De Smet when traveling from Minneapolis in August, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Philip.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
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Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

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Philip

Philip ©
Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Philip trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from De Smet to Philip takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Philip can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Philip

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Delta-09 Missile Silo, Badlands National Park
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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ©
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Iron Mountain Road. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Suzie Cappa Art Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more), Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood) and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center (in Lead). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City trip website.

You can drive from Philip to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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