11 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

11 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Columbia
Drive:  10 h 15 min
1
Interior
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Rapid City
— 6 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Columbia

2
nights
Interior

Interior ©
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and then explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Interior trip itinerary maker site.

Columbia to Interior is an approximately 11.5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbia to Interior. Traveling from Columbia in July, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Interior. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Deadwood.

Things to do in Interior

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Adams House, stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Deadwood travel planning tool.

You can drive from Interior to Deadwood in 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Interior to Deadwood. When traveling from Interior in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Deadwood: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Broken Boot Gold Mine ©
Broken Boot Gold Mine

6
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Sylvan Lake, &more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Presidential Trail). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum, and take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City day trip planning website.

Drive from Deadwood to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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