7 days in Sioux Falls & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

7 days in Sioux Falls & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota travel planner

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Make it your trip
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
Drive
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Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Deadwood
— 1 day
Drive
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Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly to Des Moines International Airport, Drive to Granger

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Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Your day by day itinerary now includes Corn Palace as well as Falls Park. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): hike along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument and then walk around Falls Park. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Corn Palace.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip planning app.

Granger to Sioux Falls is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In July, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Badlands Wall has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Conata Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then cruise along Sheep Mountain Table Road, then explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sioux Falls in July: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hot Springs

Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. On the 2nd (Sun), engage your brain at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip builder.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Hot Springs takes 2 hours. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, things will get slightly colder in Hot Springs: highs are around 77°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Childrens Museums · Museums

Keystone

— 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally trek along Presidential Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Keystone takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Keystone can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Deadwood

— 1 day
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. You've now added Devils Tower National Monument to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood travel planning site.

Drive from Keystone to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Deadwood is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Black Elk Peak has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Deadwood to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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