10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Sylvan Lake, & more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, and take an unorthodox tour of Cosmos Mystery Area.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Rapid City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

Discover how to plan a Badlands National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

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

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Explore Sioux Falls' surroundings by going to Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose) and Corn Palace (in Mitchell). There's still lots to do: stroll around Falls Park, have some family-friendly fun at Escapades Escape Rooms, hike along SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls, and take an in-depth tour of Stockyards Ag Experience.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sioux Falls trip planner .

Drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls is 1 hour. When traveling from Badlands National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Sioux Falls, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porter Sculpture Park, Corn Palace
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms

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