7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  26​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Watertown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sao Paulo

1
day
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 25th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum, see the interesting displays at Sioux Empire Medical Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Sioux Falls is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 3 hours. In March, Sioux Falls is much colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of 7°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Pettigrew Home & Museum ©
Pettigrew Home & Museum

1
night
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Codington County Historical Museum, view the masterpieces at Terry Redlin Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Redlin Art Center, then admire the striking features of Mellette House, and finally pause for some photo ops at Watertown Veterans Memorial.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Watertown trip builder tool .

Getting from Sioux Falls to Watertown by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Sioux Falls in March, things will get slightly colder in Watertown: highs are around 4°C and lows about -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Codington County Historical Museum ©
Codington County Historical Museum
Mellette House ©
Mellette House

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace, steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then examine the collection at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, and finally take an in-depth tour of Dakota Discovery Museum.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mitchell trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Watertown to Mitchell takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Watertown, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mitchell, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dakota Discovery Museum ©
Dakota Discovery Museum
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, then pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, then view the masterpieces at Art Expressions, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mitchell to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mitchell to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Custer, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Suzie Cappa Art Center ©
Suzie Cappa Art Center
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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