23 days in South Dakota Itinerary

23 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Black Hills & Badlands visit planner

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Make it your trip
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Deadwood
— 17 nights
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Sturgis
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Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Napa

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Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
You've added Bigfoot Pass Overlook, Pinnacles Overlook, South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get answers to all your questions at Ben Reifel Visitor Center, contemplate the long history of South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip builder website.

Venice to Badlands National Park is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Venice to Badlands National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Venice in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Badlands National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): look for gifts at Christmas Village Store, then cruise along Iron Mountain Road, then get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rapid City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 17 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deadwood: Belle Fourche (Tri-State Museum, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, &more), Devils Tower (Tower Trail, Devils Tower National Monument, &more) and Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Adams House, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood road trip website.

Drive from Rapid City to Deadwood in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Deadwood. August in Deadwood sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F at night. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sturgis.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Parks

Side Trips

Sturgis

Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): examine the collection at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and then Head underground at Wonderland Caves.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sturgis trip itinerary planning website.

Sturgis is very close to Deadwood. In August, daytime highs in Sturgis are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sturgis

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.