8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Detroit
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Sioux Falls
— 1 day
End: Detroit

3
nights
Rapid City

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Wind Cave National Park will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Prairie Berry Winery and Adams House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead), D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery (in Spearfish) and Custer State Park (in Custer). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City online route planner .

Detroit to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. June in Rapid City sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Spearfish Falls, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Prairie Berry Winery
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Horseback Riding Tours
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

3
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.
Visiting Door Trail and Yellow Mounds Overlook will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Prairie Homestead and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: trek along Notch Trail, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip app .

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Philip, Badlands National Park
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
day
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 1st (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History and then hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls is 1 hour. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Sioux Falls, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Outdoors Parks Trails
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