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Going on a South Dakota Road Trip? This past summer we took an incredible 7 day South Dakota road trip in partnership with South Dakota Tourism. We drove across the entire state, from Spearfish Canyon to Sioux Falls, stopping along the way at many of the popular sights. South Dakota has been one of the best surprises since hitting the road in our self-converted Sprinter van. But as we planned our road trip route for , we started to look into things to do in South Dakota and were blown away by all of the options!
Our original plan to spend 2 days in the state quickly turned into 7 days and even then, we still have so much left to explore. We went on some of the most unique hikes we have ever been on, drove on some crazy scenic ro, slid down a natural waterslide, ate one of the best burgers of our lives, saw iconic sights that we grew up seeing photos of, visited quirky roide attractions, learned Native American history, and checked a couple more National Parks off of our list.
While we did partner with South Dakota tourism for our vlog series, this guide, as well as our vlogs, reflect our honest feelings about our experience in the state. Before embarking on your adventure, please review the Leave No Trace principles to ensure you leave every place better than you found it, so that others can enjoy these beautiful places for many years to come! Note: this guide contains affiliate links, which means that if you use the links provided and make a purchase, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. We will only ever recommend products we truly love, actually use during our adventures, and think you can benefit from too!
This area is full of forests, canyons, cool rock formations, lakes, caves, and so much more! And we can totally see what they mean! One of our favorite views in the Black Hills was seeing the dark forest contrasted against the light green valleys. It is so stunning!
For more information about the Black Hills, including more about its Native American history, check out our Black Hills guide. As the name implies, Badlands National Park is home to a geologic formation called badlands, which is a type of dry terrain with soft sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils that have been extensively eroded by wind and water. However, there is also another reason the park is named Badlands. When it rains it becomes slick and sticky, the winters are cold, and the summers are hot.
But the scenery here is crazy and is unlike anywhere we have ever been. In fact, it felt like we had landed on another planet! This guide includes the following major destinations plus a lot more! But we will also include some additional stops if you continue east like we did. Want to see our exact trip? Watch our road trip here. Whether you have 7 days to explore South Dakota, or less, we hope this guide helps you plan an epic South Dakota road trip!
However, the summer is another doable alternative, but it may be hotter and busier. In the Black Hills, most of the main attractions are open year round, but to be able to experience all that the Black Hills have to offer, you will want to visit in the warmer months, typically between May and early October. This is when all facilities will be open, trails will be more accessible, and any tours you want to go on will be operating.
If you plan to visit the park in the colder months, you may run into a light dusting or a blanket of snow which sounds beautiful! This list is super helpful to see when specific attractions close in the Black Hills! The weather in Badlands National Park can be pretty extreme. But even with crazy weather, Badlands National Park is typically open days a year, except for weather closures. For this South Dakota road trip, your journey will start in Spearfish, located in the Northwestern part of the Black Hills, close to the Wyoming border.
Driving in South Dakota, especially the stops on this South Dakota road trip itinerary, is super scenic! Any type of car will work for this South Dakota road trip. Our RWD Sprinter van handled the ro just fine! However, keep in mind that some of the tunnels on these ro have height limits, so make sure to check the clearance requirements beforehand!
For this South Dakota road trip you have a few options of where to stay. The nice thing is, the spots on this itinerary are between 30 minutes Below are some of the best areas to stay for this South Dakota road trip if you want to be central to most activities. There are several cool towns in the Black Hills with a variety of rental options and close to other activities. The Woodsley : A 2 bedroom, 1. The Notch Cabin : Owned by the same folks as the Woodsley, this cabin is equally as cute and has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.
Hugo Cabin : A large studio cabin, with a twin bed in a sunroom as well! Backro Inn and Cabins : A super cute cabin with a king bed, kitchenette, grill, and fire pit. Custer Pine Palace : A gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin. We love the de of this place! EO Bungalows : A modern, studio bungalow with lots of high end touches and walking distance to town. Want something a little simpler than a full on Airbnb?
There are a lot of different hotels in or near the Black Hills. Here are some options to look into! Residence Inn we stayed here one night due to very hot temperatures and it was really nice! Custer State Park is home to lodges that will give you the amenities of a hotel, but with more of a rustic feel.
These log cabins in the Blue Bell area are some of the nicest cabins in the park. All cabins are climate controlled, include a kitchen or kitchenette, are fully furnished, come with many modern amenities, and include daily housekeeping service. There are 29 cabins to choose from when you reserve , ranging from rustic to more luxurious with fireplaces with open-beamed ceilings. The State Game Lodge is the largest resort in the park and offers a variety of unique stays including historical rooms, hotel rooms, cabins, and a creekside lodge.
Adam would love to stay in the Coolidge room or the Eisenhower room, which are rooms named after the former Presidents who stayed here during their time visiting the park…how cool! Several popular trails leave from this area, as this has long been a popular spot for adventures and the lodge was suggested to be built here by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
There are 31 cabins ranging from rooms in the lodge, to a honeymoon lodge and housekeeping lodges. Not only are there accommodations here, but there is also a restaurant and water sport rentals. This lodge was recently rebuilt and has a modern feel combined with a classic lakeside vibe. There is a restaurant, water sport rentals, and tours available, along with the 26 cabins to choose from. The Creekside Lodge is the newest resort lodge in the park built in These more spacious rooms have a modern and woodsy vibe to them. Want a unique, luxurious camping experience?
Check out Under Canvas by Mount Rushmore! We have always wanted to stay at one of their locations. The glamping tents can either have shared or private bathrooms and they even have some with kids tents! Love to camp? There are tons of campgrounds to choose from when visiting the Black Hills!
These campgrounds are convenient to all of the activities on this guide! You can reserve the following campgrounds, find need to know information, and see all the campgrounds in the Black Hills National Forest here. During our visit, we stayed at these two campgrounds and would recommend them, especially Bismarck Lake! We had site 4 and it was incredible! We were on the lake with some trees and a bit of a trek to get down to it , the spot was huge, and we had a lot of privacy with no one really next to us or behind us.
We stayed here one night and it was really nice! RVs, but we managed to squeeze our van in. Before embarking on your South Dakota road trip, here are a few of our top tips to ensure you have a fun and safe time:. Pack lunches!Tall hot Hill City hung and
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