7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip itinerary planner

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Watertown Regional Airport, Drive to De Smet
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De Smet
— 1 night
Drive
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Interior
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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De Smet

— 1 night
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 24th (Wed), make a trip to Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the De Smet trip builder tool.

New York City to De Smet is an approximately 12-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to De Smet, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in March, expect De Smet to be slightly colder, temps between 44°F and 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Interior.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Museums

Interior

— 2 nights
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Interior trip builder website.

You can drive from De Smet to Interior in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from De Smet to Interior is minus 1 hour. Traveling from De Smet in March, expect nights in Interior to be about the same, around 22°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Interior

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Historic Old Town and Mount Moriah Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Bear Country USA and Mount Rushmore National Memorial will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Needles Eye Tunnel (in Custer) and Deadwood (Adams House & Scott Jacobs Studio). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center, do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and have fun at Cosmos Mystery Area.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Interior to Rapid City takes 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

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.