60 days in South Dakota Itinerary

60 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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60 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Rapid City
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Belle Fourche
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Hot Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Badlands National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Chamberlain
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Mitchell
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Watertown
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Sioux Falls
— 9 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati

9
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Hill City (Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery & Insideout), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Custer (Custer State Park, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, see the interesting displays at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip planner.

Cincinnati to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Rapid City is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cincinnati in April; daily highs in Rapid City reach 54°F and lows reach 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Belle Fourche.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Keystone, Custer, Deadwood, Hill City, Wall
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

6
nights
Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche ©
Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Belle Fourche: Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead), Savoy (Roughlock Falls Nature Area & Spearfish Falls) and Spearfish (D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, & more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, appreciate the history behind Center of the Nation Monument, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Crow Peak Brewing Company, and examine the collection at Tri-State Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Belle Fourche trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Belle Fourche takes an hour. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Belle Fourche. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Belle Fourche

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish, Savoy, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Bear Butte State Park
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
PaleoAdventures ©
PaleoAdventures

7
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Hot Springs side-trips: Custer (Custer County 1881 Courthouse, Jewel Cave National Monument, & more) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, admire all the interesting features of Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, admire the sheer force of Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, and appreciate the history behind Bicycle Sculpture.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Belle Fourche to Hot Springs takes 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Belle Fourche to Hot Springs. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Belle Fourche in May since evenings lows in Hot Springs dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota, Bicycle Sculpture, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

7
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (in Martin) and Oglala Lakota College Historical Center (in Kyle). Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook, and hike along Saddle Pass Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in May, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

7
nights
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chamberlain: Pioneer Auto Museum (in Murdo), South Dakota Tractor Museum (in Kimball) and Pickler Mansion (in Faulkton). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum, pause for some photo ops at Dignity, make a trip to South Dakota Hall of Fame, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post.

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You can drive from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Chamberlain are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 28th (Tue), you're off toMitchell.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pickler Mansion, South Dakota Tractor Museum, Pioneer Auto Museum, Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
Pickler Mansion ©
Pickler Mansion

7
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. When in Mitchell, make a side trip to see Dimock Dairy in Dimock, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Corn Palace, learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and browse the collection at Carnegie Resource Center.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mitchell online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Chamberlain to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. May in Mitchell sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 47°F at night. You'll set off for Watertown on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Mitchell

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Dimock Dairy
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mitchell Campground ©
Lake Mitchell Campground
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Carnegie Resource Center ©
Carnegie Resource Center

7
nights
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Explore Watertown's surroundings by going to Aberdeen (Wylie Park & Storybook Land), De Smet (Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie & De Smet Cemetery) and Brookings (Brookings Summer Arts Festival, Wooden Legs Brewing Company, & more). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Redlin Art Center, admire the landmark architecture of Mellette House, pause for some photo ops at Watertown Veterans Memorial, and take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Watertown tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Watertown takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Mitchell in June, you will find days in Watertown are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Watertown

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Brookings, De Smet, Aberdeen, Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center, Fort Sisseton State Park
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Storybook Land and Land of Oz ©
Storybook Land and Land of Oz
Codington County Historical Museum ©

9
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: Yankton (Meridian Highway Bridge & Fantle Memorial Park), Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota) and Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, see a show at Washington Pavilion, and look for all kinds of wild species at The Blood Run Nature Area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Watertown to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Vermillion, Yankton, Strawbale Winery, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area, Palisades State Park
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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