9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Oshkosh
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Minot

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get some historical perspective at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Chapel in the Hills. Do some cultural sightseeing at Downtown Rapid City and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Wildlife Loop Road, & more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Pawnseum, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City journey planner .

Oshkosh to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Oshkosh to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park online route builder .

Drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rapid City in July, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to Corn Palace, make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, then steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and finally brush up on your military savvy at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mitchell trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, expect nights in Mitchell to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to De Smet.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 30th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our De Smet trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Mitchell to De Smet by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in De Smet, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 31st (Wed), learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and finally stroll around Falls Park.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls itinerary planner .

You can drive from De Smet to Sioux Falls in 2 hours. July in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

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

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