7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive
3
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly

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Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, and finally walk around Falls Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip planner.

Philadelphia to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Philadelphia in September since evenings lows in Sioux Falls dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums

De Smet

— 1 night
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then get engrossed in the history at 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.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read De Smet route planner.

Drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. In September in De Smet, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Museums

Rapid City

— 4 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.
Visit Mount Moriah Cemetery and Historic Old Town for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Scott Jacobs Studio. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Adams House (in Deadwood), Wall Drug (in Wall) and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from De Smet to Rapid City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In September in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · 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.