9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip itinerary planner

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Deadwood
— 1 night
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Wall
— 3 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Deadwood

— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, steep yourself in history at Adams House, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Deadwood tour planning tool.

Philadelphia to Deadwood is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Philadelphia in September: high temperatures in Deadwood hover around 73°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Step out of Custer to go to Hot Springs and see Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Custer day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Custer, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Custer

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Wall

— 3 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wall: Badlands National Park (Panorama Point Overlook & Door Trail). Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, and take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Wall trip planning tool.

Getting from Custer to Wall by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Custer in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Wall, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica and then walk around Falls Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Wall to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Wall to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Wall in September, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Sioux Falls: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks
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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.