7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota tour itinerary maker

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Make it your trip
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Sioux Falls
— 1 day
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Spearfish
— 2 nights
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Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Dane County Regional Truax Field, Drive to New Glarus

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Sioux Falls

— 1 day
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. On the 25th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at The Blood Run Nature Area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, and then explore the activities along Arrowhead Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls route planning website.

New Glarus to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your 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.
On the 26th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and finally hike along Castle Trail. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, then stroll through Saddle Pass Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally trek along Notch Trail.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park travel route planner.

Drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sioux Falls in July, you will find days in Badlands National Park are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hill City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Hill City

— 2 nights
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 28th (Wed), stop by The Farmer's Daughter, then take an in-depth tour of South Dakota State Railroad Museum, then stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally explore the activities along Horse Thief Lake.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Hill City online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Hill City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Hill City is little chillier than Badlands National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Hill City

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Spearfish

— 2 nights
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Bridal Veil Falls and Termesphere Gallery. Black Hill National Cemetery and Adams Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, appreciate the history behind Tatanka: Story of the Bison, get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio, and steep yourself in history at Adams House.

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Drive from Hill City to Spearfish in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Hill City to Spearfish is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.