8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Drive
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 30th (Thu), hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails and then walk around Falls Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): hike along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, then get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Arrowhead Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary planner.

Omaha to Sioux Falls is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Omaha in July, expect little chillier with lows of 62°F in Sioux Falls. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip
Falls Park ©
Park
Falls Park
4.7
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Entertainment Center
Escapades Escape Rooms
4.8

2
nights
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 1st (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then trek along Castle Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape of Conata Basin Overlook. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park online visit planner.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sioux Falls in July, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Loop Road ©
Must see
Loop Road
4.9
Badlands National Park ©
National Park
Badlands National Park
4.9
Badlands Wall ©
Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9

4
nights
Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Wildlife Loop Road, &more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Presidential Trail). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, find something for the whole family at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum, and get your game on at Cosmos Mystery Area.

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

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Bear Country USA ©
Must see
Bear Country USA
4.4
Sylvan Lake ©
Water Body
Sylvan Lake
4.8

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