9 days in Pipestone, Black Hills & Badlands & Sioux Falls Itinerary

9 days in Pipestone, Black Hills & Badlands & Sioux Falls Itinerary

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9 days in Pipestone, Black Hills & Badlands & Sioux Falls Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Pipestone
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Wall
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
End: Minneapolis

1
day
Pipestone

Pipestone ©
Pipestone is a city in Pipestone County, Minnesota, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Pipestone Historic District, admire the sheer force of Winnewissa Falls, then pause for some photo ops at Pipestone National Monument, and finally contemplate the long history of Main Street.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pipestone trip planning site .

Minneapolis to Pipestone is an approximately 4-hour car ride. In May in Pipestone, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Wall.

Things to do in Pipestone

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument

3
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stop by Badlands Ranch Store, trek along Saddle Pass Trail, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally trek along Castle Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Wall itinerary planner .

You can drive from Pipestone to Wall in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Pipestone to Wall, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pipestone in May, expect little chillier with lows of 42°F in Wall. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Pinnacles Overlook ©
Pinnacles Overlook
Badlands Ranch Store ©
Badlands Ranch Store

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 23rd (Thu): stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and then admire the majestic nature at Roughlock Falls Nature Area.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood vacation planner.

You can drive from Wall to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wall to Deadwood. When traveling from Wall in May, plan for slightly colder days in Deadwood, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Roughlock Falls Nature Area, Bear Butte State Park, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Bear Butte State Park ©
Bear Butte State Park
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak and then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer day trip planner .

Drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Custer, with lows around 37°F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Keystone, Harney Peak
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak

1
night
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs day trip planning site .

Drive from Custer to Hot Springs in an hour. In May in Hot Springs, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Wind Cave National Park
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Angostura Recreation Area ©
Angostura Recreation Area

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park and then hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls route tool .

Getting from Hot Springs to Sioux Falls by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hot Springs to Sioux Falls. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hot Springs in May: high temperatures in Sioux Falls hover around 69°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

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