12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Custer
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Omaha

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Keystone online tour planner .

Omaha to Keystone is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Omaha to Keystone is minus 1 hour. In August, Keystone is a bit cooler than Omaha - with highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Custer
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

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then steep yourself in history at Adams House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Deadwood road trip site .

You can drive from Keystone to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Deadwood. In August, daytime highs in Deadwood are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 28th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip maker site .

You can drive from Deadwood to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In August in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 60°F at night. You'll set off for Wall on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Loop Road
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes South Dakota's Original 1880 Town as well as Wall Drug. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the long history of South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wall day trip planning site .

Getting from Rapid City to Wall by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. August in Wall sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Badlands National Park, South Dakota's Original 1880 Town
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Wildlife Loop Road has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then steep yourself in history at Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, and finally cruise along Wildlife Loop Road.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Custer day trip tool .

You can drive from Wall to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Wall in September: highs in Custer hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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