60 days in South Dakota Itinerary

60 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota sightseeing planner

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Watertown
— 8 nights
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Aberdeen
— 7 nights
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Interior
— 8 nights
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Rapid City
— 12 nights
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Chamberlain
— 8 nights
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Mitchell
— 6 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 10 nights
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Watertown

— 8 nights
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Redlin Art Center and Codington County Historical Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Watertown: Brookings (The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, Children's Museum of South Dakota, &more), Oakwood Lakes State Park (in Bruce) and De Smet (Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, &more). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bramble Park Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views from Nicollet Tower & Interpretive Center, pause for some photo ops at Watertown Veterans Memorial, and immerse yourself in nature at Sica Hollow State Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Watertown attractions planner.

Belleville to Watertown is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also fly. In April, Watertown is a bit cooler than Belleville - with highs of 52°F and lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aberdeen.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Aberdeen

— 7 nights
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. Bring the kids along to Storybook Land and Land of Oz and Wylie Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Aberdeen: Dakota Sunset Museum (in Gettysburg), Pickler Mansion (in Faulkton) and Mobridge (Sitting Bulls Grave & Klein Museum). There's much more to do: stroll around Richmond Lake Recreation Area, take an in-depth tour of Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center, and immerse yourself in nature at Fort Sisseton State Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aberdeen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Watertown to Aberdeen takes 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 28°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Interior.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

Interior

— 8 nights
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Attractions like Loop Road and Notch Trail make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interior: Badlands National Park (Panorama Point Overlook, Badlands Wall, &more), Wall (Wall Drug & Delta-09 Missile Silo) and Murdo (South Dakota's Original 1880 Town & Pioneer Auto Museum). Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, trek along Door Trail, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and identify plant and animal life at Hurley Butte Horseback Riding.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Interior trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Aberdeen to Interior in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Aberdeen to Interior. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Interior

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 12 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

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 Custer State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Presidential Trail, &more), Hot Springs (Red Rock River Resort, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, &more) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Sat) at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, make a trip to Berlin Wall Exhibit, and play a few rounds at Hart Ranch Golf Course.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City road trip app.

Traveling by car from Interior to Rapid City takes 1.5 hours. April in Rapid City sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chamberlain

— 8 nights
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. When in Chamberlain, make a side trip to see South Dakota Tractor Museum in Kimball, approximately Kimball away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post, don't miss a visit to Dignity, and head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chamberlain trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Chamberlain takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Chamberlain. In May in Chamberlain, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Mitchell.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Mitchell

— 6 nights
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Corn Palace and Dakota Discovery Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Dimock Dairy in Dimock (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mitchell Campground, don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mitchell holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sioux Falls

— 10 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Kids will appreciate attractions like Falls Park and Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. Explore Sioux Falls' surroundings by going to National Music Museum (in Vermillion), Yankton (Meridian Highway Bridge & Fantle Memorial Park) and Newton Hills State Park (in Canton). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, walk around Sertoma Park, see the interesting displays at Sioux Empire Medical Museum, and hike along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.