12 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

12 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Black Hills & Badlands trip itinerary planner

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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Keystone
— 3 nights
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Deadwood
— 3 nights
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Spearfish
— 3 nights
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Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll around Memorial Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City day trip tool.

Jamestown to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jamestown to Rapid City. In June, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Keystone

— 3 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Step off the beaten path and head to Black Elk Peak and Center Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Presidential Trail. Go for a jaunt from Keystone to Custer to see Needles Eye Tunnel about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, stop by Granite Sports, take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, and don't miss a visit to Keystone Historical Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone sightseeing planner.

Keystone is just a stone's throw from Rapid City. In June, Keystone is slightly colder than Rapid City - with highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 3 nights
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 Roughlock Falls Nature Area and Terry Peak Ski Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adams Museum and Bear Butte State Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, indulge in some personalized pampering at Stress Relief Massage of Deadwood, don't miss a visit to Deadwood Model Train, and take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Deadwood trip planner.

Getting from Keystone to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Keystone to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spearfish

— 3 nights
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Appreciate the collections at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Hulett Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Bridal Veil Falls and Spearfish Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Spearfish: Aladdin General Store (in Aladdin), Rogue's Gallery (in Hulett) and Wind Circles (in Devils Tower). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and make a splash at Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center.

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Spearfish is just a stone's throw from Deadwood. In June in Spearfish, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips