5 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Big Lake
Drive:  4 h 30 min
1
Sioux Falls
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  16 h
End: Big Lake

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes WoodGrain Brewing Company as well as Arrowhead Park. On the 17th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Arrowhead Park and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at WoodGrain Brewing Company.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls online travel planner .

Big Lake to Sioux Falls is an approximately 4-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Breweries & Distilleries Nature Wildlife
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WoodGrain Brewing Company ©
WoodGrain Brewing Company
Arrowhead Park ©
Arrowhead Park

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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 17th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook and then take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park route website .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 30°F. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks
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Bigfoot Pass Overlook ©
Bigfoot Pass Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook
Homestead Overlook ©
Homestead Overlook

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial as well as Museum of Geology. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, walk around Canyon Lake Park, stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lost Cabin Beer Co..

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City online trip planner .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Canyon Lake Park ©
Canyon Lake Park
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River and then admire all the interesting features of Grand Loop Road.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. In April, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Rapid City - with highs of 42°F and lows of 17°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River ©

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