6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial and then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the De Smet road trip app .

Minneapolis to De Smet is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. In June, daily temperatures in De Smet can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

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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 19th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and then explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

To find out how to plan a trip to Badlands National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from De Smet to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. On the 20th (Wed), you're off toKeystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Keystone itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Keystone are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Sylvan Lake
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 29th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Corn Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mitchell route planner .

You can drive from Keystone to Mitchell in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Mitchell. When traveling from Keystone in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mitchell, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums
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Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

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