8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
End: New York City

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sioux Falls road trip planning site .

New York City to Sioux Falls is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Sioux Falls is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in June since evenings lows in Sioux Falls dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

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 10th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area) and Custer (Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop Road, & more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reptile Gardens, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rapid City trip builder app .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, you will find days in Rapid City are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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