8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip itinerary maker

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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Mitchell
— 1 night
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Keystone (Goodtyme Photo & Mount Rushmore National Memorial), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, &more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Rapid City trip planning website.

Dallas to Rapid City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dallas in June; daily highs in Rapid City reach 78°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Conata Basin Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally trek along Castle Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park online road trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Mitchell

— 1 night
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, then contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally don't miss a visit to Corn Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mitchell trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. June in Mitchell sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites · Shopping

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and then stroll around Falls Park.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls journey maker tool.

Drive from Mitchell to Sioux Falls in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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.