12 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

12 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Jamestown
Drive:  6 h 30 min
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Spearfish
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
End: Jamestown

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Storybook Island, Dinosaur Museum, Reptile Gardens, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a splash at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner.

Jamestown to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jamestown to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In July in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort ©
WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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 Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Little Devil's Tower Trail. Appreciate the collections at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and National Presidential Wax Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Horse Thief Lake, go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, and trek along Presidential Trail.

Plan trip to Keystone with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rapid City in July: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Little Devil's Tower Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Horse Thief Lake ©
Horse Thief Lake

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Let the collections at Adams Museum and Old Fort Meade Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Broken Boot Gold Mine and Bear Butte State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Roughlock Falls Nature Area in Savoy (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Adams House, try to win big at First Gold Hotel and Gaming, take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, and fly down the slopes at Terry Peak Ski Area.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Deadwood is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Spearfish.

Things to do in Deadwood

Casinos Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Roughlock Falls Nature Area, Bear Butte State Park, Old Fort Meade Museum
Highlights from your plan
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center ©
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Terry Peak Ski Area ©
Terry Peak Ski Area

3
nights
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, thenidentify plant and animal life at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, thenmake a splash at Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at McNenny State Fish Hatchery, explore the world behind art at Rogue's Gallery, thenexamine the collection at Hulett Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Aladdin General Store.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Spearfish trip planner.

Spearfish is just a stone's throw from Deadwood. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hulett, Aladdin General Store, Spearfish Falls
Highlights from your plan
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery ©
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Rogue's Gallery ©
Rogue's Gallery

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