60 days in South Dakota Itinerary

60 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota travel planner

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Custer
— 12 nights
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Deadwood
— 12 nights
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Wall
— 12 nights
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Mitchell
— 11 nights
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Sioux Falls
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Custer

— 12 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Custer County 1881 Courthouse. Explore hidden gems such as The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary and Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Hot Springs (Angostura Recreation Area, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, &more), Elk Mountain Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park) and Keystone (Presidential Trail & National Presidential Wax Museum). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of South Dakota State Railroad Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, and hike along Little Devil's Tower Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer trip itinerary maker.

Springfield to Custer is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Custer. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Springfield in September; daily highs in Custer reach 71°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 12 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Head to Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center and Scott Jacobs Studiofor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area and Bridal Veil Falls. Explore Deadwood's surroundings by going to Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy), Spearfish (McNenny State Fish Hatchery & Devil Bathtub South Dakota) and Belle Fourche (Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, Tri-State Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum, browse the exhibits of Adams House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and trek along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Deadwood vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. In September in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wall

— 12 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Cultural Heritage Center. Pioneer Auto Museum and South Dakota Discovery Center will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Badlands National Park (Notch Trail, Prairie Wind Overlook, &more), South Dakota's Original 1880 Town (in Murdo) and Pierre (South Dakota State Historical Society Museum & State Capitol). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, and hike along Castle Trail.

Plan my trip to Wall with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Deadwood in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Wall, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Mitchell

— 11 nights
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Mitchell Campground and Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting Mitchell side-trips: De Smet (De Smet Cemetery & De Smet Depot Museum), Dimock Dairy (in Dimock) and Chamberlain (Dignity, Akta Lakota Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, get engrossed in the history at Dakota Discovery Museum, don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and brush up on your military savvy at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mitchell trip planning site.

You can drive from Wall to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wall to Mitchell due to the time zone difference. In October in Mitchell, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 40°F at night. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 12 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Joseph Cathedral and Redlin Art Center. Head to Terry Redlin Museum and South Dakota Art Museumfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: Devil's Gulch (in Garretson), Brookings (Wooden Legs Brewing Company, Children's Museum of South Dakota, &more) and Vermillion (Spirit Mound & National Music Museum). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Palisades State Park, stroll around Falls Park, get engrossed in the history at Old Courthouse Museum, and contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip planner.

You can drive from Mitchell to Sioux Falls in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 24°F at night. You will leave for home on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.