9 days in Southeast South Dakota Region Itinerary

9 days in Southeast South Dakota Region Itinerary

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9 days in Southeast South Dakota Region Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Chamberlain
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Watertown
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Brookings
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  7​h
End: San Francisco

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Storybook Island, then don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park, then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and finally stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City online visit planner .

San Francisco to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Rapid City. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get much colder in Rapid City: highs are around 35°F and lows about 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

1
day
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, take an in-depth tour of South Dakota Hall of Fame, make a trip to Dignity, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post, and finally get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chamberlain travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Chamberlain takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old West Trading Post
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Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then admire the striking features of Corn Palace, then don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally learn about all things military at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mitchell online trip maker .

Getting from Chamberlain to Mitchell by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Mitchell, expect temperatures between 31°F during the day and 13°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
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Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
George and Eleanor McGovern Library ©

1
night
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Codington County Historical Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bramble Park Zoo, then get a taste of the local shopping with Redlin Art Center, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Terry Redlin Museum.

Plan trip to Watertown with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Watertown takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mitchell in December: highs in Watertown hover around 26°F, while lows dip to 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Brookings.

Things to do in Watertown

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Bramble Park Zoo ©
Bramble Park Zoo

1
night
Brookings

Brookings ©
Brookings is a city in Brookings County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, stop by SDSU Dairy Sales Bar, then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of South Dakota, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Wooden Legs Brewing Company.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brookings online vacation planner .

Drive from Watertown to Brookings in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°F in December, and nighttime lows around 12°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Brookings

Museums Breweries Childrens Museums
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Children's Museum of South Dakota ©
Children's Museum of South Dakota
SDSU Dairy Sales Bar ©
SDSU Dairy Sales Bar
Wooden Legs Brewing Company ©
Wooden Legs Brewing Company

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 29th (Sat), trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then have fun and explore at Stockyards Ag Experience, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, and finally appreciate the history behind USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls road trip planner .

Getting from Brookings to Sioux Falls by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°F in December, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

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