12 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

12 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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12 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Joplin
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Interior
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h
End: Joplin

1
night
Interior

Interior ©
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Prairie Homestead.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Interior travel itinerary planner .

Joplin to Interior is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Joplin to Interior, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Joplin in September since evenings lows in Interior dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Wall.

Things to do in Interior

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Prairie Homestead
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Wall trip planner .

Traveling by car from Interior to Wall takes an hour. In September in Wall, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Adams House, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then take a stroll through Historic Old Town, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip planner .

Getting from Wall to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wall to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Wall in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Deadwood, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

#Museums, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Jewel Cave National Monument has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel and then delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer trip planner .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Custer due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Custer are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Custer

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Crazy Horse Memorial
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, do a tasting at Naked Winery South Dakota, then learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and finally admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine, stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, then examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Keystone travel site .

Drive from Custer to Keystone in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Keystone can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Keystone

#Parks, #Museums, #Wineries

Side Trip

Hill City
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©

3
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of the Fur Trade, admire all the interesting features of The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, and then learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Angostura Recreation Area, then trek along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, and then appreciate the history behind Bicycle Sculpture.

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Traveling by car from Keystone to Hot Springs takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Bicycle Sculpture, Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, Museum of the Fur Trade
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Angostura Recreation Area ©
Angostura Recreation Area
Museum of the Fur Trade ©
Museum of the Fur Trade

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