8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Roanoke
Fly:  7​h 15​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:  7​h 30​min
End: Roanoke

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls itinerary maker app .

Roanoke to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Roanoke to Sioux Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Roanoke in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 55°F in Sioux Falls. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time 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 19th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally cruise along Loop Road. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip planner .

Drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from Sioux Falls in September, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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 (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, & more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, and get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City route planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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