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 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Adams House. Escape the urban bustle at Bear Country USA and Custer State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens and admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planning website .

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Rapid City sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Adams House
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Adams House ©
Adams House
Horseback Riding Tours

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yellow Mounds Overlook and Big Badlands Overlook. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Prairie Homestead and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Door Trail, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo.

Plan trip to Badlands National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Delta-09 Missile Silo, Prairie Homestead
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 8th (Sat), make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the De Smet online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to De Smet takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In June in De Smet, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in De Smet

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

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