8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You can plan Sioux Falls trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Washington DC to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in June, with highs in Sioux Falls at 80°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Pettigrew Home & Museum ©
Pettigrew Home & Museum
Falls Park ©
Falls Park

1
night
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 (Wed): don't miss a visit to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our De Smet trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to De Smet takes 2 hours. In June in De Smet, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time 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.
On the 27th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip app .

You can 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. In June, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

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

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get some historical perspective at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Black Hills National Forest. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Custer (Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop Road, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, look for gifts at Christmas Village Store, and learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, you will find days in Rapid City are little chillier (78°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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

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