7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Sioux Falls
— 1 day

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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: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, &more), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills, and look for gifts at Christmas Village Store.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary tool.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Rapid City. Traveling from New York City in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Rapid City, with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

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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, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip planning tool.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough 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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): walk around Falls Park.

Make your Sioux Falls itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park

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