10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Keystone road trip planning site.

Charlotte to Keystone is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Charlotte to Keystone, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in June, expect Keystone to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

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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 24th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, trek along Elk Mountain Nature Trail, then explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, and finally explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road. On your second day here, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, take in the exciting artwork at Insideout, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Custer takes an hour. In June, daytime highs in Custer are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Elk Mountain Nature Trail, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Insideout
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

3
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Step out of the city life by going to Bear Country USA and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. South Dakota Air and Space Museum and Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Deadwood (Adams Museum, Mount Moriah Cemetery, &more) and Wall (Wall Drug & Delta-09 Missile Silo). There's more to do: visit Downtown Rapid City and learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Rapid City takes an hour. Traveling from Custer in June, Rapid City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Deadwood, Wall, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ©
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

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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.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip planning site.

Drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to De Smet.

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

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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 30th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the De Smet trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in De Smet sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes
De Smet Cemetery
De Smet Cemetery

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral and then learn about winemaking at Strawbale Winery.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls travel planner.

Traveling by car from De Smet to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Strawbale Winery ©
Strawbale Winery

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