11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Fly:  6​h
1
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Huntsville

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Black Hills National Forest and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and view the masterpieces at Insideout.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Keystone trip builder site .

Huntsville to Keystone is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Huntsville to Keystone due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Huntsville in June, plan for slightly colder days in Keystone, with highs around 73°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Hill City, Needles Highway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Step out of the city life by going to Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Roughlock Falls State Nature Area. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mount Moriah Cemetery and Adams House. Explore Deadwood's surroundings by going to Black Hill National Cemetery (in Sturgis) and Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls, try to win big at Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort, and sample the tasty concoctions at Dakota Shivers Brewing.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Deadwood driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Keystone to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then admire all the interesting features of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally look for gifts at Wall Drug.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Wall online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Deadwood to Wall by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Deadwood to Wall, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in June: highs in Wall hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the De Smet trip planner .

Drive from Wall to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in De Smet can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

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

2
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 15th (Sat), stroll around Falls Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, then learn about winemaking at Strawbale Winery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Escapades Escape Rooms. On your second day here, engage your brain at Washington Pavilion and then contemplate the long history of Pettigrew Home & Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls day trip site .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Sioux Falls takes 2 hours. June in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Nightlife Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Strawbale Winery
Highlights from your plan
Washington Pavilion ©
Washington Pavilion
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Strawbale Winery ©
Strawbale Winery

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