7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: San Francisco

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.
On the 10th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, see the interesting displays at The Journey Museum & Learning Center, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip planner.

San Francisco to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Rapid City hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Deadwood, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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The Journey Museum and Learning Center ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison

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nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
On the 13th (Thu), make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then hike along Door Trail, then stroll through Notch Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. June in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 15th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace, don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, then steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and finally learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mitchell trip planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June in Mitchell, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
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Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and then hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

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Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Trails Outdoors
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