22 days in South Dakota Itinerary

22 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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22 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  28​h
1
Sioux Falls
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Deadwood
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Crazy Horse
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
6
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Brisbane


4
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pipestone National Monument, South Dakota Art Museum and Palisades State Park. Step out of Sioux Falls with an excursion to Ingalls Homestead in De Smet--about 1h 45 min away. There's more to do: stroll through SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sioux Falls vacation builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Sioux Falls is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Brisbane to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

South Dakota Art Museum, Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, Palisades State Park, Pipestone National Monument
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Pipestone National Monument ©
Pipestone National Monument
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Prairie Homestead and then look for gifts at Wall Drug Store.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Wall vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Wall in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Wall is minus 1 hour. September in Wall sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 10°C at night. You will leave for Badlands National Park on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Wall

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Prairie Homestead
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Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Notch Trail. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): trek along Notch Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park vacation builder.

Badlands National Park is just a short distance from Wall. Traveling from Wall to Badlands National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

4
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Get a sense of the local culture at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Chapel In the Hills. Take a break from the city and head to Devils Tower National Monument and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Go for a jaunt from Deadwood to Beulah to see Vore Buffalo Jump about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, wander the streets of Historic Old Town, and steep yourself in history at Adams House Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Deadwood vacation planner.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Deadwood sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Crazy Horse.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Devils Tower National Monument, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Vore Buffalo Jump, Chapel in the Hills
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

2
nights
Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horse Thief Lake as well as Crazy Horse Memorial. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak and then explore the activities along Horse Thief Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Native American Educational and Cultural Center and then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Crazy Horse travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Deadwood to Crazy Horse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Crazy Horse. Traveling from Deadwood in September, Crazy Horse is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Harney Peak, Horse Thief Lake
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Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak
Horse Thief Lake ©
Horse Thief Lake

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wildlife Loop Road. Get outdoors at Custer State Park and Needles Eye Tunnel. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, see a world frozen in time at Four Mile Old West Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Custer holiday planner.

Custer is just a short distance from Crazy Horse. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

3
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Fort Robinson State Park and then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Fur Trade. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pioneer Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Angostura Recreation Area.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hot Springs itinerary planner.

Getting from Custer to Hot Springs by car takes about an hour. September in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Robinson State Park, Museum of the Fur Trade
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Angostura Recreation Area ©
Angostura Recreation Area
Museum of the Fur Trade ©
Museum of the Fur Trade
Pioneer Museum ©
Pioneer Museum

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