9 days in South Dakota & Iowa City Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota & Iowa City Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota & Iowa City Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h
1
Hill City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Iowa City
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
End: Chicago

1
night
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then view the masterpieces at Jon Crane Gallery, and then get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hill City itinerary planner.

Chicago to Hill City is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in June; daily highs in Hill City reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Custer, Black Elk Peak, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 16th (Sun), examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, then get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and finally admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine.

Plan my day in Deadwood using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Hill City to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hill City to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In June in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
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Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison
Days of '76 Museum ©
Days of '76 Museum
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center ©

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saddle Pass Trail and Yellow Mounds Overlook. Get in touch with nature at Door Trail and Notch Trail. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Homestead Overlook, and cruise along Loop Road.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip maker site .

Getting from Deadwood to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Deadwood, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
day
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see a show at Washington Pavilion, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In June in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Iowa City.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Childrens Museums Nightlife
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St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Washington Pavilion ©
Washington Pavilion

1
night
Iowa City

Iowa City ©
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): browse the exhibits of Old Capitol Museum, steep yourself in history at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, then contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devonian Fossil Gorge. On the next day, see the interesting displays at National Motorcycle Museum, then make a trip to Brucemore, then see the interesting displays at National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and finally have fun and explore at Iowa Children's Museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Iowa City trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sioux Falls to Iowa City. In June, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Iowa City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

West Branch, Cedar Rapids, The Iowa Children's Museum, National Motorcycle Museum
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Old Capitol Museum ©
Old Capitol Museum
National Motorcycle Museum ©
National Motorcycle Museum

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