8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  4​h
1
Sioux Falls
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Sioux Falls fast, fun, and easy.

Chicago to Sioux Falls is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in December, expect Sioux Falls to be little chillier, temps between 30°F and 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Wall Drug. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°F, and evening lows to 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wall Drug, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, then take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Peter Norbeck Visitors Center. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hot Springs online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Hot Springs in 2 hours. December in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 13°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Wind Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will enjoy Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Deadwood (Adams House & Mount Moriah Cemetery). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, and make a trip to Dinosaur Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Rapid City takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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