9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Kaukauna
Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Kaukauna

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.
You've now added Jewel Cave National Monument to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer trip builder tool .

Kaukauna to Custer is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kaukauna in September since evenings lows in Custer dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reptile Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and then get your game on at Black Hills Maze.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City route site .

Drive from Custer to Rapid City in an hour. Traveling from Custer in September, Rapid City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Historic Old Town
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Black Hills Maze ©
Black Hills Maze
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rapid City in September: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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 7th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and then contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the De Smet day trip planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in De Smet are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. September in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Nature

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