14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
2
Rapid City
— 3 nights
3
Deadwood
— 2 nights
4
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
5
Chamberlain
— 1 night
6
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights

2
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, then see the interesting displays at Pioneer Museum, then identify plant and animal life at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, and finally take an in-depth tour of Trails, Trains and Pioneers Museum. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, then take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and finally trek along Elk Mountain Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs road trip planning site.

Minneapolis to Hot Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hot Springs when traveling from Minneapolis in April, with lows around 27°F. You'll set off for Rapid City on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park, Trails, Trains and Pioneers Museum, Needles Highway
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:
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The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary ©
The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more), The Farmer's Daughter (in Hill City) and Keystone (Breezy Point Picnic Area & Mount Rushmore National Memorial). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rapid City trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Hot Springs to Rapid City in an hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hot Springs in May, with highs in Rapid City at 65°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Hill City
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 6th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Adams House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, and finally do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room.

To see maps and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood trip planner.

Drive from Rapid City to Deadwood in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

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 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, hike along Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in May, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 10th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at South Dakota Hall of Fame, then make a trip to Dignity, then get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and finally take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chamberlain online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
South Dakota Hall of Fame ©
South Dakota Hall of Fame

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Sioux Falls is known for parks, trails, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Falls Park, get engrossed in the history at Old Courthouse Museum, hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and get to know the resident critters at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

Before you visit Sioux Falls, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls takes 2.5 hours. In May in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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