15 days in London & South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in London & South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in London & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Train:  2​h 15​min
1
London, Canada
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
2
Sioux Falls, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
De Smet, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Badlands National Park, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Rapid City, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Keystone, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
London, Canada

London ©
It's home to a diverse population and perched on the River Thames, but that's where the similarities end between the city of London in Canada, and it's much more famous British counterpart.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Storybook Gardens and Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: Grand Bend Beach (in Grand Bend), Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House (in Thedford) and Stones 'N Bones Museum (in Sarnia). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Grand River Rafting Company, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the London trip planning site .

Toronto to London is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to London due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in London

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House, Grand Bend Beach, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Room Escape Games, Grand River Rafting Company
Highlights from your plan
Storybook Gardens ©
Storybook Gardens
Stones 'N Bones Museum ©
Stones 'N Bones Museum
Grand Bend Beach ©
Grand Bend Beach

1
night
Sioux Falls, United States

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Stockyards Ag Experience, and then stroll around Falls Park. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls, then have some family-friendly fun at Escapades Escape Rooms, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and finally make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls day trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from London to Sioux Falls. August in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Trails Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium
Stockyards Ag Experience ©
Stockyards Ag Experience

1
night
De Smet, United States

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 3rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the De Smet road trip planner.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. In August in De Smet, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

2
nights
Badlands National Park, United States

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally cruise along Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, then get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park journey planner.

Getting from De Smet to Badlands National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. August in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wall, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

3
nights
Rapid City, United States

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bear Country USA and Off-Road Tours. When in Rapid City, make a side trip to see Mount Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, get your game on at Cosmos Mystery Area, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, and take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Moriah Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

4
nights
Keystone, United States

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Big Thunder Gold Mine will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Keystone: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, and learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Keystone holiday tool .

Keystone is just a short distance from Rapid City. Traveling from Rapid City in August, things will get a bit cooler in Keystone: highs are around 29°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Needles Highway, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

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