11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Hot Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Keystone
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mitchell
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Houston

few
hours
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hot Springs day trip planning tool .

Houston to Hot Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Houston, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Hot Springs, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Childrens Museums Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Windcross Conservancy ©
Windcross Conservancy

4
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Family-friendly places like Black Hills National Forest and Rushmore Tramway Adventures will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will get to explore Insideout and Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Keystone: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Sylvan Lake, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Keystone online route maker .

Drive from Hot Springs to Keystone in 1.5 hours. July in Keystone sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Custer, Hill City
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, then explore and take pictures at Broken Boot Gold Mine, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Deadwood road trip planning app .

You can drive from Keystone to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park attractions planning website .

Drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Deadwood, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 30th (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then don't miss a visit to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our De Smet trip planner .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Badlands National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in De Smet, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village and then explore the galleries of Corn Palace.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Mitchell attractions planner .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. July in Mitchell sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 63°F at night. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

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