7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Aberdeen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hill City
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 8th (Mon), walk around Falls Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then have some family-friendly fun at Escapades Escape Rooms, and finally see the sky in a new way at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls travel planner.

New York City to Sioux Falls is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Sioux Falls is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Sioux Falls dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Childrens Museums Fun & Games
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 9th (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and then steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our De Smet tour planner .

You can drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aberdeen.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

1
night
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll around Richmond Lake Recreation Area, then stroll around Wylie Park, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Storybook Land.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Aberdeen trip simple and quick.

You can drive from De Smet to Aberdeen in 2 hours. In July in Aberdeen, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks Fun & Games
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Storybook Land and Land of Oz ©
Storybook Land and Land of Oz
Wylie Park ©
Wylie Park
Richmond Lake Recreation Area ©
Richmond Lake Recreation Area

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Aberdeen to Badlands National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Aberdeen to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Aberdeen in July, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Hill City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hill City trip planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Hill City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Hill City: highs are around 80°F and lows about 53°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hill City

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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