9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Drive:  6​h
1
Sioux Falls
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mitchell
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
3
Interior
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Badlands National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Rapid City
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
6
Keystone
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Lead
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Your list of things to see and do now includes Falls Park, St. Joseph Cathedral, USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, then hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, and finally walk around Falls Park.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls holiday tool .

Kansas City to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in August; daily highs in Sioux Falls reach 80°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Falls Park ©
Falls Park

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Mitchell

Mitchell
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mitchell online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. You'll set off for Interior on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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Interior

Interior
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Plan my day in Interior using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Mitchell to Interior in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mitchell to Interior is minus 1 hour. In August in Interior, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Interior

Nature Parks Museums

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pinnacles Overlook as well as Yellow Mounds Overlook. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, cruise along Loop Road, trek along Castle Trail, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Homestead Overlook, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip planner .

Drive from Interior to Badlands National Park in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 11th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rapid City day trip planning app .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Black Hills, The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and other attractions you added. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Sunday Gulch Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Prairie Berry Winery and Mount Coolidge. When in Keystone, make a side trip to see Legion Lake in Custer, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area and get answers to all your questions at Custer State Park Visitor Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Keystone holiday maker tool .

Keystone is just a stone's throw from Rapid City. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rapid City in August, with highs in Keystone at 77°F and lows at 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for Lead.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, South Dakota, Hill City, Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

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Lead

Lead ©
Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Devils Tower National Monument, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Termesphere Gallery, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get advice or help at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, then immerse yourself in nature at Bear Butte State Park, and finally do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, head outdoors with Devil Bathtub South Dakota, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, view the masterpieces at Termesphere Gallery, then admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Devils Tower National Monument.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lead route builder app .

Drive from Keystone to Lead in an hour. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Lead sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lead

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Spearfish, Devils Tower, Deadwood, Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House, Bear Butte State Park
Highlights from your plan
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center ©
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

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