8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota travel planner

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Make it your trip
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Watertown
— 1 day
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
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Watertown

— 1 day
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bramble Park Zoo, then take in the exciting artwork at Terry Redlin Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Redlin Art Center.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Watertown trip simple and quick.

Minneapolis to Watertown is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Watertown when traveling from Minneapolis in June, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Watertown

Shopping · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, have fun and explore at Stockyards Ag Experience, then walk around Falls Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sioux Falls, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Watertown to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. In June in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

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.
On the 25th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Rapid City

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Jewel Cave National Monument, &more), Bicycle Sculpture (in Pringle) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Presidential Trail). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.