8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h
1
Watertown
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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hours
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 29th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Terry Redlin Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Redlin Art Center.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Watertown trip itinerary maker website .

Minneapolis to Watertown is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Minneapolis in March, Watertown is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Shopping
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Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Codington County Historical Museum ©
Codington County Historical Museum

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our De Smet trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Watertown to De Smet takes an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Launch Control Facility Delta-01 and Armed Forces Display & Gifts. Explore hidden gems such as Saddle Pass Trail and White River Valley Overlook. Change things up with a short trip to Oglala Lakota College Historical Center in Kyle (about 58 minutes away). Spend the 31st (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Notch Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and stop by Buffalo Gift Shop.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from De Smet in March: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Armed Forces Display & Gifts, Badlands National Park, Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Buffalo Gift Shop
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Armed Forces Display & Gifts ©
Armed Forces Display & Gifts

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Termesphere Gallery. Head to Scott Jacobs Studio and Suzie Cappa Art Centerfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Adams House (in Deadwood), Black Hills Mining Museum (in Lead) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, take in the exciting artwork at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills, and identify plant and animal life at Bismark Lake Campground.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City journey maker .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Rapid City are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Spearfish, Deadwood, Bismark Lake Campground, Black Hills Mining Museum, Wind Cave National Park
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Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries ©
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park

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