5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Memphis
Fly:  7​h
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Keystone
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Memphis

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip site .

Memphis to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Memphis in April, with highs in Sioux Falls at 60°F and lows at 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

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#Parks, #Historic Sites
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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 11th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

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Wall Drug
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, and then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Reptile Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Keystone holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Keystone due to the time zone difference. In April in Keystone, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Reptile Gardens
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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