9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Charles City
Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Wall
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
End: Charles City

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get outdoors at Sunday Gulch Trail and Custer State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Legion Lake and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Twisted Pine Winery (in Hill City), Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium (in Keystone) and Bridal Veil Falls (in Spearfish). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Custer trip itinerary planner.

Charles City to Custer is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Charles City to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charles City in July, plan for little chillier nights in Custer, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Hill City, Bridal Veil Falls, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Harney Peak
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak
Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake

3
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Yellow Mounds Overlook and Door Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Prairie Homestead and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Get out of town with these interesting Wall side-trips: Badlands National Park (Saddle Pass Trail & Notch Trail). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Wall driving holiday planner .

Drive from Custer to Wall in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Wall: highs are around 91°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Prairie Homestead
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, have some family-friendly fun at Escapades Escape Rooms, then meet the residents at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and finally admire the majestic nature at Palisades State Park. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, browse the exhibits of Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, and then hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls vacation maker .

Drive from Wall to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wall to Sioux Falls. When traveling from Wall in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Sioux Falls, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Palisades State Park
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St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls
Palisades State Park ©
Palisades State Park

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