19 days in South Dakota Itinerary

19 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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

4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Venture out of the city with trips to Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum, Redlin Art Center, &more) and Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota). The adventure continues: walk around Falls Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and stroll through SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls online day trip planner.

New York City to Sioux Falls is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Sioux Falls. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for little chillier nights in Sioux Falls, with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Watertown, Lake Vermillion Recreation Area
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Escape 605 ©
Escape 605
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Lake Vermillion Recreation Area ©
Lake Vermillion Recreation Area

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 27th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our De Smet journey planner.

Drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Mitchell.

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

3
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Explore Mitchell's surroundings by going to Chamberlain (South Dakota Hall of Fame, Dignity, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Corn Palace, brush up on your military savvy at George and Eleanor McGovern Library, test your team's savvy at Escape Rooms at that place, and stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Mitchell trip maker site.

You can drive from De Smet to Mitchell in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mitchell can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chamberlain
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Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Badlands National Park to Interior to see Hurley Butte Horseback Riding about 40 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, hike along Door Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Saddle Pass Trail.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Badlands National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Badlands National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mitchell to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Interior
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

6
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Custer (Black Hills National Forest, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Black Hills Helicopters) and The Stables at Palmer Gulch (in Hill City). Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, visit Downtown Rapid City, and get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City journey website.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, The Stables at Palmer Gulch
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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