9 days in South Dakota & Ames Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota & Ames Itinerary

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Wall
— 2 nights
Drive
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Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive
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Custer
— 4 nights
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Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Des Moines International Airport, Drive to Ames
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Ames
— 1 night
Drive to Des Moines International Airport, Fly to Orlando International Airport

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Wall

Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Delta-09 Missile Silo. Get in touch with nature at Big Badlands Overlook and Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Wall Drug, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, stroll through Castle Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Wall travel route planner.

Orlando to Wall is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Orlando to Wall due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Orlando in May: highs in Wall hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

1
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Deadwood

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then browse the exhibits of Adams House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip planning app.

Getting from Wall to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Wall to Deadwood is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wall in May: highs in Deadwood hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Prairie Berry Winery. Get outdoors at Black Hills National Forest and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap), Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read Custer itinerary planner.

Drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Custer when traveling from Deadwood in May, with lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Ames.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
night
Ames

Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Brunnier Art Museum and then deepen your understanding at Iowa State University.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Ames sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Custer to Ames. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Custer in May, expect Ames to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ames

Museums

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.