8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Custer sightseeing planner .

Charlotte to Custer is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Custer. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in June; daily highs in Custer reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Scenic Drive Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Historic Old Town. Adams House and Adams Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Deadwood to Belle Fourche to see Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Highlights from your plan
Adams House ©
Adams House
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 1st (Mon), admire the striking features of Corn Palace, make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, then contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and finally learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mitchell trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Mitchell takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in June: high temperatures in Mitchell hover around 83°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to De Smet.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the De Smet trip planner .

Getting from Mitchell to De Smet by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in De Smet can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral and then walk around Falls Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip planner.

You can drive from De Smet to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. July in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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