8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  10​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Deadwood
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Edmonton

1
day
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 16th (Sun), stroll around Falls Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of First Lutheran Church.

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Edmonton, Canada to Sioux Falls is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edmonton to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in June, with highs in Sioux Falls at 31°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Pettigrew Home & Museum ©
Pettigrew Home & Museum
First Lutheran Church ©
First Lutheran Church

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 17th (Mon), 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 get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

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You can drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. June in De Smet sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park itinerary site .

Drive from De Smet to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. June in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wildlife Loop Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Custer road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Badlands National Park in June; daily highs in Custer reach 26°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then browse the exhibits of Adams House, and then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Deadwood trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House

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