9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Crazy Horse Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Iron Mountain Road, thencruise along Needles Highway, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Custer trip app.

Prairie du Chien to Custer is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Prairie du Chien to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prairie du Chien in August, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Custer. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Needles Highway, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, thenlearn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine and then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rapid City tour planner.

You can drive from Custer to Rapid City in an hour. Traveling from Custer in August, expect Rapid City to be somewhat warmer, temps between °F and °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Big Thunder Gold Mine
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook and then take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. You'll set off for Sioux Falls on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You've now added Falls Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): walk around Falls Park.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls online trip builder.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls is 1 hour. When traveling from Badlands National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sioux Falls: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial ©
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial

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