60 days in South Dakota Itinerary

60 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip itinerary planner

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Rapid City
— 15 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 8 nights
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Chamberlain
— 9 nights
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Mitchell
— 8 nights
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De Smet
— 6 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 13 nights
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Rapid City

— 15 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Brule (in Hill City), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Custer (Sylvan Lake, Black Hills National Forest, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Bear Country USA, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, cruise along Needles Highway, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens.

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Austin to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in July: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 85°F and lows are around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 8 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.
Go for a jaunt from Badlands National Park to Interior to see Hurley Butte Horseback Riding about 40 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Loop Road, don't miss a visit to Pinnacles Overlook, stroll through Door Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Chamberlain

— 9 nights
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Explore Chamberlain's surroundings by going to Pickler Mansion (in Faulkton), South Dakota Tractor Museum (in Kimball) and Rosebud Indian Reservation (in Rosebud). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, browse for treasures at Old West Trading Post, get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and appreciate the history behind Dignity.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chamberlain travel route builder.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Chamberlain can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mitchell

— 8 nights
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mitchell: Dimock Dairy (in Dimock) and Historic 1914 C&NW RR Depot Museum & Visitor Center (in Redfield). The adventure continues: make a trip to Corn Palace, stroll through Lake Mitchell Campground, explore the ancient world of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, and get engrossed in the history at Dakota Discovery Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mitchell journey planner.

Traveling by car from Chamberlain to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mitchell are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. You will leave for De Smet on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

De Smet

— 6 nights
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Oakwood Lakes State Park (in Bruce) and Lake Herman State Park (in Madison). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes, stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, and get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the De Smet trip planner.

You can drive from Mitchell to De Smet in 1.5 hours. In August in De Smet, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 59°F at night. You'll set off for Sioux Falls on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 13 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Get out of town with these interesting Sioux Falls side-trips: Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum, Redlin Art Center, &more), Lake Vermillion Recreation Area (in Canistota) and Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose). The adventure continues: stroll around Falls Park, hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip planning website.

Getting from De Smet to Sioux Falls by car takes about 2 hours. September in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.