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 Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie. Change things up with these side-trips from Watertown: Oakwood Lakes State Park (in Bruce), Brookings (The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, Children's Museum of South Dakota, &more) and De Smet (Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, De Smet Cemetery, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Bramble Park Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Sica Hollow State Park, shop like a local with Terry Redlin Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Codington County Historical Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Watertown road trip planner.

Belleville to Watertown is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In April, Watertown is slightly colder 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 Richmond Lake Recreation Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Aberdeen: Mobridge (Sitting Bulls Grave & Klein Museum), Pickler Mansion (in Faulkton) and Dakota Sunset Museum (in Gettysburg). There's much more to do: stroll around Wylie Park, 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 leave for Interior on the 20th (Tue).

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: Wall (Wall Drug & Delta-09 Missile Silo), Murdo (South Dakota's Original 1880 Town & Pioneer Auto Museum) and Badlands National Park (Panorama Point Overlook, Badlands Wall, &more). 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 Reptile Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more), Hot Springs (Red Rock River Resort, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, &more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Presidential Trail, &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: appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, and examine the collection at Museum of Geology.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City online travel route planner.

You can drive from Interior to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Rapid City are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. 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. 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 set off for Mitchell on the 18th (Tue).

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 Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village. When in Mitchell, make a side trip to see Dimock Dairy in Dimock, approximately Dimock away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of George and Eleanor McGovern Library, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mitchell Campground, and don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mitchell trip planning site.

Drive from Chamberlain to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. On the 24th (Mon), you're off to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · 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 St. Joseph Cathedral. Explore Sioux Falls' surroundings by going to Yankton (Meridian Highway Bridge & Fantle Memorial Park), National Music Museum (in Vermillion) and Newton Hills State Park (in Canton). The adventure continues: get curious at Washington Pavilion, explore the galleries of Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, stroll around Sertoma Park, and hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 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.