8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Drive to San Diego International Airport, Fly to Sioux Gateway Airport/Brigadier General Bud Day Field, Drive to Sioux Falls
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Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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Renner
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Custer
— 1 night
Drive
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Deadwood
— 1 night
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Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to San Diego International Airport, Drive to Murrieta

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Sioux Falls

— 2 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Your day by day itinerary now includes The Outdoor Campus. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see what you can catch with The Outdoor Campus, then contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and then learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls road trip website.

Murrieta to Sioux Falls is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Murrieta to Sioux Falls. While traveling from Murrieta, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Sioux Falls, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Renner.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Renner

— 1 night
Renner is an unincorporated community in Minnehaha County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): do a tasting at Strawbale Winery, admire the majestic nature at Palisades State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Devil's Gulch.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Renner trip itinerary builder tool.

Renner is very close to Sioux Falls. In July in Renner, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Renner

Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, then get a dose of the wild on Hurley Butte Horseback Riding, then take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area. On the next day, make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Homestead Overlook, then hike along Saddle Pass Trail, and finally trek along Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Renner to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Renner to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Renner in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at South Dakota State Railroad Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and then do a tasting at Twisted Pine Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Custer trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: high temperatures in Custer hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Deadwood

— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 18th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, then don't miss a visit to Deadwood Model Train, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Deadwood itinerary site.

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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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.