9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Custer
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of First Lutheran Church.

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Washington DC to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Sioux Falls. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in June; daily highs in Sioux Falls reach 80°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games
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Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Pettigrew Home & Museum ©
Pettigrew Home & Museum

1
night
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 15th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our De Smet itinerary planning website .

Drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. June in De Smet sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from De Smet to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, take an in-depth tour of Adams House, stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Deadwood visit planning app .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Deadwood by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect nights in Deadwood to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Adams House ©
Adams House

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.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and finally appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally hike along Presidential Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip planning tool .

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. June in Custer sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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