11 days in South Dakota & Devils Tower Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota & Devils Tower Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota & Devils Tower Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Devils Tower
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Madison

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You've now added Bear Country USA to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Wind Cave National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, examine the collection at The Journey Museum & Learning Center, and then relax in the rural setting at Old MacDonald's Farm.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rapid City online visit planner .

Madison to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Madison to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. In September in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Wind Cave National Park
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
The Journey Museum & Learning Center ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and then stroll through Door Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and then stroll through Saddle Pass Trail.

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You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Rapid City in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hill City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Crazy Horse Memorial, The Stables at Palmer Gulch and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, trot along with The Stables at Palmer Gulch, then pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Native American Educational and Cultural Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): hike along Little Devil's Tower Trail, identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hill City trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Hill City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in September: highs in Hill City hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Crazy Horse, Windcross Conservancy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Windcross Conservancy ©
Windcross Conservancy

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 13th (Thu), shop like a local with Wild Bill's Trading Post on Main St., then appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip planner .

You can drive from Hill City to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hill City to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Wild Bill's Trading Post on Main St. ©

2
nights
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail, then appreciate the history behind Devils Tower National Monument, and then don't miss a visit to Aladdin General Store. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Devils Tower Trading Post, then immerse yourself in nature at Keyhole State Park, and then examine the collection at Crook County Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Devils Tower vacation planner .

Drive from Deadwood to Devils Tower in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Devils Tower is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Aladdin General Store, Keyhole State Park, Crook County Museum
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Crook County Museum ©
Crook County Museum
Keyhole State Park ©
Keyhole State Park

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