8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Hill City
— 2 nights
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
3
Chamberlain
— 1 night
4
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hill City: Iron Mountain Road (in Custer) and Breezy Point Picnic Area (in Keystone). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, view the masterpieces at Art Expressions, and explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

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Norfolk to Hill City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Norfolk to Hill City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Norfolk, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Hill City, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hill City

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Needles Highway
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, thenexplore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally hike along Notch Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online tour planner.

Getting from Hill City to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Hill City in August; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 4th (Sun), get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, appreciate the history behind Dignity, thenhunt for treasures at Old West Trading Post, and finally take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chamberlain trip planning website.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Chamberlain are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old West Trading Post
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Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, walk around Falls Park, thentest your problem-solving skills at Escapades Escape Rooms, and finally walk around Tuthill Park. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial and then head outdoors with Lake Vermillion Recreation Area.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip planner.

You can drive from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls in 2.5 hours. In August in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial ©
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial

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