7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Watertown
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, and then walk around Falls Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sioux Falls online road trip planner.

Dallas to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in November, things will get cooler in Sioux Falls: highs are around 45°F and lows about 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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Watertown

Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bramble Park Zoo, then get a taste of the local shopping with Redlin Art Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Terry Redlin Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Mellette House.

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Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Watertown takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Watertown can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park), Jon Crane Gallery & Custom Framing (in Hill City) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road & Needles Eye Tunnel). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Watertown to Rapid City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Watertown in November, expect Rapid City to be a bit warmer, temps between 48°F and 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

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.