8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly:  7​h
1
Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Norfolk

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Explore Hill City's surroundings by going to Custer (Art Expressions & Iron Mountain Road). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, and go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Hill City road trip planning app .

Norfolk to Hill City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Norfolk to Hill City due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Norfolk in July, plan for slightly colder days in Hill City, with highs around 80°F, while nights are colder with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Needles Highway
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park and then cruise along Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally trek along Notch Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hill City to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hill City in August, with highs in Badlands National Park at 87°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
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, then appreciate the history behind Dignity, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post, and finally take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chamberlain trip maker .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time 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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then stroll around Falls Park, then get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, and finally walk around Tuthill Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial and then head outdoors with Lake Vermillion Recreation Area.

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

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to 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
Tuthill Park ©
Tuthill Park

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