10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 4 nights
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
3
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Sylvan Lake, &more), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Rapid City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Toronto to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

2
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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 18th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, thenget a taste of the local shopping with Wall Drug, thenexplore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally explore and take pictures at Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Delta-09 Missile Silo, contemplate the long history of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Rapid City to Badlands National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Wall, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose) and Corn Palace (in Mitchell). There's much more to do: walk around Falls Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, explore the activities along Arrowhead Park, and trek along SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls journey planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Badlands National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sioux Falls: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porter Sculpture Park, Corn Palace
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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