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:  8​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
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 17th (Sun): wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, then get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, and then don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rapid City trip maker website .

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Rapid City is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in March, Rapid City is slightly colder at night with lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. On the 20th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Peter Norbeck Visitors Center. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Windcross Conservancy, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally look for gifts at Custer County Candy Company.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hot Springs vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Hot Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Rapid City in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hot Springs, with lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, then take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hot Springs in March: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Wall Drug
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Sat), appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, and finally hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral and then stroll through Falls Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in March, you will find days in Sioux Falls are little chillier (44°F), and nights are about the same (24°F). On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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