9 days in Chicago & South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in Chicago & South Dakota Itinerary

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Chicago
— 2 nights
2
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
3
De Smet
— 1 night
4
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
5
Hill City
— 2 nights

2
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Take a break from Chicago with a short trip to Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. in DeKalb, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, try to win big at Horseshoe Hammond, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, and engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago online trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Chicago. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Horseshoe Hammond
Highlights from your plan
The Magnificent Mile ©
The Magnificent Mile
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, then identify plant and animal life at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, and finally identify plant and animal life at The Blood Run Nature Area.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip builder site.

You can fly from Chicago to Sioux Falls in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 62°F in Sioux Falls. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Wildlife · Parks · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the De Smet online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to De Smet takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes
De Smet Cemetery
De Smet Cemetery

2
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.
On the 24th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from De Smet to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from De Smet in July, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hill City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Hills and then take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hill City road trip site.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Hill City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: high temperatures in Hill City hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hill City

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Black Hills
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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