11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
2
De Smet
— 1 night
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
4
Rapid City
— 5 nights

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Corn Palace, thenmeet the residents at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and then stroll around Falls Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls road trip tool.

Washington DC to Sioux Falls is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: high temperatures in Sioux Falls hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Corn Palace, Children's Museum of South Dakota
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Children's Museum of South Dakota ©
Children's Museum of South Dakota
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our De Smet road trip site.

Getting from Sioux Falls to De Smet by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
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Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes
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 30th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park and then cruise along Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, thenexplore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, thenexplore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park sightseeing planning website.

Getting from De Smet to Badlands National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wall Drug, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

5
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Bring the kids along to Reptile Gardens and Storybook Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more) and Keystone (Breezy Point Picnic Area & Mount Rushmore National Memorial). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center, get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, and go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City vacation site.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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