8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip itinerary builder

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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive
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Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Custer (Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, &more) and Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, stop by Goodtyme Photo, don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park, and get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City road trip planner.

Cleveland to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to Rapid City is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Cleveland in April, with lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

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You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Mitchell

— 1 night
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Dakota Discovery Museum, learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, then delve into the distant past at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and finally make a trip to Corn Palace.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mitchell online trip builder.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Mitchell are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums · Historic Sites

Sioux Falls

— 2 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, stroll around Falls Park, then trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and finally hike along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral and then contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip planner.

Drive from Mitchell to Sioux Falls in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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.