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 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls travel planner.

New York City to Sioux Falls is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Sioux Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Sioux Falls dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (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 20th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally cruise along Loop Road. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

Plan my trip to Badlands National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop Road, & more) and Keystone (Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium & Mount Rushmore National Memorial). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, and take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip builder .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 45°F at night. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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