8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Hill City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Springfield

3
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chapel in the Hills and Prairie Berry Winery. Explore Hill City's surroundings by going to Custer (Custer State Park & Wildlife Loop Road) and Firehouse Wine Cellars (in Rapid City). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hill City tour planner .

Springfield to Hill City is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Hill City due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Springfield in September; daily highs in Hill City reach 71°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Rapid City, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mt Roosevelt Monument, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Adams House, then see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, and finally get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Deadwood trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Hill City to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison

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 13th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): stop by Wall Drug, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip planner .

Drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park. When traveling from Deadwood in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Wall Drug
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

1
day
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 15th (Sat), hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls online vacation planner .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Sioux Falls, with highs around 76°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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