8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota route 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.
Family-friendly places like Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens will thrill your kids. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Presidential Trail), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Custer (Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop Road, &more). It doesn't end there: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City and view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

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Indianapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Rapid City. Traveling from Indianapolis in October, things will get slightly colder in Rapid City: highs are around 62°F and lows about 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Kids will enjoy Loop Road and Yellow Mounds Overlook. When in Badlands National Park, make a side trip to see Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior, approximately Interior away. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook and explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

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Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 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

Nature · Parks · 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), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral and then stroll around Falls Park.

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Drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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. In October, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to 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.