7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Mitchell
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h
End: Minneapolis

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Downtown Rapid City and Prairie Berry Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Custer State Park, & more). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rapid City online sightseeing planner .

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Rapid City are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Prairie Berry Winery, Loop Road
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Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 19th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace, contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then get engrossed in the history at Dakota Discovery Museum, and finally examine the collection at George and Eleanor McGovern Library.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mitchell trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Rapid City to Mitchell in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Mitchell. June in Mitchell sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to De Smet.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites
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Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Dakota Discovery Museum ©
Dakota Discovery Museum

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 20th (Thu): make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the De Smet online travel route planner .

Drive from Mitchell to De Smet in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in De Smet are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

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