8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota tour planner

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Make it your trip
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Mitchell
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
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Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Springfield Branson National Airport, Drive to Mountain Home

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Mitchell

— 2 nights
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, then brush up on your military savvy at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, and then examine the collection at South Dakota Tractor Museum. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village and then make a trip to Corn Palace.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mitchell trip website.

Mountain Home to Mitchell is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Mountain Home in September, expect Mitchell to be a bit cooler, temps between 78°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 3 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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally hike along Castle Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Badlands National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Mitchell to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mitchell in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Badlands National Park, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, stop by Downtown Rapid City, stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile, then meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Country USA.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Rapid City journey planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Rapid City, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hot Springs

Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wind Cave National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs trip maker app.

Getting from Rapid City to Hot Springs by car takes about an hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rapid City in September since evenings lows in Hot Springs dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.