8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota holiday maker

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Rapid City
— 3 nights
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Sioux Falls
— 1 night


Rapid City

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bear Country USA and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Custer (Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop Road, &more), Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, get outside with Main Street Square, and get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City online journey planner.

Indianapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In October, Rapid City is a bit cooler than Indianapolis - with highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Loop Road and Big Badlands Overlook. Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, and take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park online route planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. On the 18th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral and then stroll around Falls Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls online holiday builder.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites · Parks

South Dakota travel guide

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.