9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Slinger
Drive:  12​h
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Slinger

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roughlock Falls State Nature Area and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Escape the urban bustle at Legion Lake and Bridal Veil Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center (in Lead) and Peter Norbeck Visitors Center (in Custer). There's still lots to do: get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf and see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City road trip tool .

Slinger to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Slinger to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lead, Custer, Bridal Veil Falls, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf ©
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yellow Mounds Overlook and Notch Trail. Visiting Door Trail and Castle Trail will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, trek along Saddle Pass Trail, explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conata Basin Overlook.

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You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the De Smet trip planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to De Smet by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in De Smet, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

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

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sioux Falls online tour 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium

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