8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Mitchell
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 4 nights

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then explore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, then stroll around Falls Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls day trip planning website.

New York City to Sioux Falls is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Sioux Falls dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip
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Park
Falls Park
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Children’s Museum
Stockyards Ag Experience
4.1

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Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 28th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Corn Palace, don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, then steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and finally look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mitchell planning site.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Mitchell are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your trip
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Landmark
Corn Palace
3.3

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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 29th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Badlands National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mitchell to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. In July in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Loop Road
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Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bear Country USA and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel & Sylvan Lake) and Goodtyme Photo (in Keystone). Pack the 31st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center, find something for the whole family at Storybook Island, and stop by Downtown Rapid City.

To see photos and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are little chillier, around 85°F. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Bear Country USA
4.4

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