9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota itinerary planner
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Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Interior
— 1 night
— 3 nights
Rapid City
— 4 nights


Interior — 1 night

Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and then get a dose of the wild on Hurley Butte Horseback Riding. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Loop Road and then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Interior trip planner.

Midland to Interior is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Midland to Interior due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Midland in June, you will find days in Interior are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Deadwood.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips

Deadwood — 3 nights

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, try to win big at The Midnight Star, and take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Deadwood vacation maker.

You can drive from Interior to Deadwood in 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Interior to Deadwood. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Interior in June: highs in Deadwood hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.
Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums
Side Trip

Rapid City — 4 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Chapel in the Hills has been added to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Custer (Iron Mountain Road & Wildlife Loop Road). There's still lots to do: visit Downtown Rapid City, walk around Main Street Square, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Country USA.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In June in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 57°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

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.