9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota vacation planner
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Crazy Horse
— 2 nights
Wind Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Rapid City
— 3 nights


Crazy Horse — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Native American Educational and Cultural Center and then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at The Needles and then take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Crazy Horse trip builder.

Indianapolis to Crazy Horse is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Crazy Horse due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Indianapolis in October: high temperatures in Crazy Horse hover around 57°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Wind Cave National Park.
Nature · Parks · Museums
Side Trip

Wind Cave National Park — 2 nights

Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail, cruise along Needles Highway, and then explore and take pictures at Windcross Conservancy. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Wind Cave National Park and then stroll through Rankin Ridge Nature Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wind Cave National Park route planner.

You can drive from Crazy Horse to Wind Cave National Park in an hour. In October in Wind Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rapid City.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trips

Rapid City — 3 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will enjoy Bear Country USA and Downtown Rapid City. Step out of Rapid City to go to Spearfish and see Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, walk around Main Street Square, don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip site.

You can drive from Wind Cave National Park to Rapid City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Wind Cave National Park in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 40°F in Rapid City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Side Trip

South Dakota travel guide

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.