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
bus + Fly:  7​h
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Sioux Falls
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City sightseeing planning site .

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Rapid City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Prairie Berry Winery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
day
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park

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