6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota visit planner

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Crazy Horse
Drive
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Custer
— 1 night
Drive
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Keystone
— 1 night
Drive
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Rapid City
Drive
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Wall
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
Drive
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Interior
— 1 night
Drive
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Philip
Drive
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Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive
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Sioux Falls
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Crazy Horse

Your day by day itinerary now includes Crazy Horse Memorial. On the 4th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak and then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Crazy Horse trip planner.

Chicago to Crazy Horse is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Crazy Horse due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Crazy Horse, with lows of 53°F. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Black Hills National Forest, Needles Eye Tunnel and Custer State Park.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip maker app.

Custer is just a stone's throw from Crazy Horse. In July, daytime highs in Custer are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and then go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Keystone trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Custer to Keystone takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Rapid City.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature · Parks

Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bear Country USA as well as South Dakota Air and Space Museum. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at South Dakota Air and Space Museum and then stroll through Bear Country USA.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City route maker app.

Rapid City is just a short distance from Keystone. Traveling from Keystone in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rapid City, with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Wall

— 1 night
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Wall Drug has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wall trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Wall takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rapid City in July, you will find days in Wall are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Wall

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Loop Road as well as Badlands Wall. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park sightseeing planner.

Badlands National Park is just a short distance from Wall. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Interior.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Interior

— 1 night
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): head outdoors with Hurley Butte Horseback Riding.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Interior trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Interior in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Philip.

Things to do in Interior

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Philip

Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Philip day trip planning site.

Getting from Interior to Philip by car takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You will leave for Chamberlain on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Philip

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Chamberlain

— 1 night
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dignity. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum and then pause for some photo ops at Dignity.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Chamberlain trip builder tool.

You can drive from Philip to Chamberlain in 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Philip to Chamberlain. July in Chamberlain sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums

Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sioux Falls road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. On the 9th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.