11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Keystone
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Get some historical perspective at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and St. Joseph Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose) and De Smet (De Smet Cemetery & Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial). There's lots more to do: walk around Falls Park, don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls day trip website .

Los Angeles to Sioux Falls is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Sioux Falls due to the time zone difference. June in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

De Smet, Porter Sculpture Park, Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, then explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then cruise along Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Wall visit planner .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Wall takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Wall is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Wall can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

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 17th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, explore the different monuments and memorials at Black Hill National Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Deadwood itinerary site .

Getting from Wall to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Wall in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Deadwood: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Spearfish, Black Hill National Cemetery, Spearfish Falls, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Black Hills National Forest and Presidential Trail. Explore Keystone's surroundings by going to Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, shop like a local with Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery, take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Keystone sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Deadwood to Keystone in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Keystone is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Keystone can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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