12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 30​min
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 15​min
4
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

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.
Visiting Black Hills National Forest and Needles Eye Tunnel will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Custer (Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop Road, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Insideout, and do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Keystone trip planning app .

Newark to Keystone is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Keystone due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Newark in July: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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. Escape the urban bustle at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center. Mount Moriah Cemetery and Historic Old Town will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Adams House, try your luck at Deadwood Mountain Grand, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Deadwood itinerary maker app .

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. July in Deadwood sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Spearfish, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 15th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, cruise along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wall tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall. Traveling from Deadwood in July, expect nights in Wall to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

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

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to The Blood Run Nature Area and SculptureWalk Sioux Falls. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie and St. Joseph Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial in De Smet (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Falls Park, get curious at Washington Pavilion, look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, and hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip app .

Traveling by car from Wall to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Wall in July, expect nights in Sioux Falls to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

De Smet
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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