8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wall
— 1 night
Drive
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Custer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Deadwood
— 1 night
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Sioux Falls

— 2 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Change things up with these side-trips from Sioux Falls: Mitchell (George and Eleanor McGovern Library, Corn Palace, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Falls Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, and tour the pleasant surroundings at SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary tool.

Hartford to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hartford to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hartford in April, Sioux Falls is slightly colder at night with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Wall

— 1 night
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Wall trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Wall takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In April in Wall, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Wall

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
When in Custer, make a side trip to see Mammoth Site of Hot Springs in Hot Springs, approximately Hot Springs away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, and explore and take pictures at Needles Highway.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer day trip app.

You can drive from Wall to Custer in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wall in April, expect nights in Custer to be about the same, around 27°F, while days are little chillier, around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls and then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. April in Deadwood sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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.