South Dakota Road Trip Itinerary

After doing a camping road trip in South Dakota last summer, I feel like I have created the perfect itinerary for your next road trip! We came from the direction of Minnesota, but It would work well in reverse as well. This itinerary only lasts a few days, so it is easy to add on more time for other outdoor activities.

Packing Tips:

  • Insect repellent-duh! Use essential oils for an even more eco friendly experience.
  • Sleeping pad: Use this under sleeping bags to prevent aching backs in the morning.
  • Food! Don’t be caught having to buy food while you’re out. It’s a hassle and it can get expensive. Instead, do some meal planning ahead of time, and pack a cooler.

Day 1

Drive! That’s about all I have to say. Between the three of us, we had a great time catching up, laughing, and listening to music. Drive, and then spend the night in Sioux Falls, SD. There are many lovely campgrounds there for a reasonable price. Stay at one of these, pitch your tent, and cook dinner on site before a long day of driving.

Day 2

Day two is another long day of driving, but a little more fun! Not far from Sioux Falls is the famous Corn Palace, and it is worth a trip. The theme changes each year, and there are so many corn related activities and photo ops. Not to be ‘corny’ but ‘ear’ me out, go to the Corn Palace!

Along the way, spot all the fun billboards and count how many boards you see until you arrive at Wall Drug. We made it a mission to find the funniest billboards along the way. This drug store merits a small side stop just to look around and buy a little souvenir.

Depending on how much time you take, you can do what we did and go to Mount Rushmore when you arrive that night! You’ll get a year pass, so you can go again throughout your stay (or throughout the year).

Spend the night at Custer State Park at Lake Sullivan for some amazing views and hiking in the morning.

Day 3

Today is a day of exploration, start your morning by hiking around Lake Sullivan before heading out to explore. We went to Keystone to explore the downtown area, but this would be a great time to go see Crazy Horse or go to Mount Rushmore again. From here, we went to a new campground to chill, hike, swim, and eat. We made sure to take a nap and bond with our fellow campers before more exploring and outdoor activities!

Day 4

This was our last day, and we spent most of it hanging around the campground and outside. From there, we did a loop around one of the major forests to go see buffalo. We got our buffalo photo ops, ate lunch, and went on our way home. We drove the full way home in one drive this time, and had a long night. Zizo, the provider of our car, was probably just happy that I helped drive a few times.

Add Ons

  • Crazy Horse
  • Black Hills


What will you ad to your itinerary?







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