8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Hill City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Fly + Foot:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 18th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and then learn more about the world around you at Native American Educational and Cultural Center.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hill City travel route planner.

New York City to Hill City is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in May: high temperatures in Hill City hover around 59°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

Museums Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Black Elk Peak, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak
Horseback Riding Tours

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 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and finally explore and take pictures at Broken Boot Gold Mine.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Deadwood day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Hill City to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hill City to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
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Broken Boot Gold Mine ©
Broken Boot Gold Mine
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Door Trail, then stroll through Notch Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then stroll through Castle Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park day trip app .

You can drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Deadwood, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
day
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 23rd (Thu): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then don't miss a visit to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our De Smet trip planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to De Smet takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in De Smet can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then stroll through Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls visit planning website .

Getting from De Smet to Sioux Falls by car takes about 2 hours. May in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial ©

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