8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mitchell
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Pittsburgh

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 20th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

Plan trip to Deadwood with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Pittsburgh to Deadwood is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Pittsburgh in July, Deadwood is slightly colder at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Bring the kids along to Black Hills National Forest and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Get outdoors at Iron Mountain Road and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. When in Custer, make a side trip to see Evans Plunge Mineral Springs in Hot Springs, approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer trip planning tool .

Drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Custer. Traveling from Deadwood in July, Custer is slightly colder at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Custer to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in July, with highs in Badlands National Park at 91°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the De Smet online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Badlands National Park to De Smet by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet is 1 hour. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in De Smet: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 27th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village and then admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mitchell trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. July in Mitchell sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

Similar Plans

9 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Wyoming & South Dakota BY A USER FROM CANADA May, outdoors, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in South Dakota, North Dakota & Idaho BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in South Dakota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans