9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Mitchell
— 1 night
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Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
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Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mammoth Site of Hot Springs as well as Off-Road Tours. Bring the kids along to Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Iron Mountain Road (in Custer). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City and make a trip to Dinosaur Park.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City vacation planner.

Indianapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Indianapolis in June, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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've now added South Dakota's Original 1880 Town to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Loop Road and then contemplate the long history of South Dakota's Original 1880 Town.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park journey app.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mitchell

— 1 night
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle and then don't miss a visit to Corn Palace.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mitchell trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls

— 3 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Family-friendly places like Falls Park and SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument will thrill your kids. Step out of Sioux Falls with an excursion to Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone--about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, stroll around Sertoma Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip planner.

You can drive from Mitchell to Sioux Falls in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

South Dakota travel guide

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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.