8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
— 1 night
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Sioux Falls — 1 night

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. On the 14th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then do a tasting at Strawbale Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails and then stroll around Falls Park.

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Rochester to Sioux Falls is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chamberlain.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Chamberlain — 1 night

Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 16th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Old West Trading Post, and then pause for some photo ops at Dignity.

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Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. In May in Chamberlain, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.
Shopping · Museums
Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

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You can drive from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Chamberlain in May, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Keystone.
Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Side Trip

Keystone — 3 nights

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Venture out of the city with trips to Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap), The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road & Needles Eye Tunnel). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

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Drive from Badlands National Park to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in May, expect Keystone to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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.