14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip itinerary planner

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Deadwood
— 2 nights
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Keystone
— 2 nights
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Crazy Horse
— 2 nights
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Buffalo Gap
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
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Chamberlain
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights

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Deadwood

— 2 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood route maker site.

Badlands National Park to Deadwood is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in March: highs in Deadwood hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 26°F. On the 14th (Wed), you're off to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Keystone

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Black Hills as well as Big Thunder Gold Mine. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine and then take in the awesome beauty at Black Hills.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Keystone online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Keystone. In March, daytime highs in Keystone are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. You'll set off for Crazy Horse on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Keystone

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Crazy Horse

— 2 nights
Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument and then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Crazy Horse trip planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Crazy Horse in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Crazy Horse can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Buffalo Gap.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Buffalo Gap

— 2 nights
Buffalo Gap is a town in Custer County, South Dakota, United States. Take the guesswork out of planning a Buffalo Gap vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Crazy Horse to Buffalo Gap in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Buffalo Gap can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. You'll set off for Hot Springs on the 20th (Tue).

Things to do in Buffalo Gap

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Hot Springs

— 2 nights
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): engage your brain at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Angostura Recreation Area, examine the collection at Pioneer Museum, and then take in the natural beauty of Evans Plunge Mineral Springs.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs travel itinerary planner.

Hot Springs is just a stone's throw from Buffalo Gap. In March, daily temperatures in Hot Springs can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Chamberlain

Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Akta Lakota Museum has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum.

Before you visit Chamberlain, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Chamberlain in 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. March in Chamberlain sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Step out of Badlands National Park to go to Philip and see Prairie Homestead, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Loop Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Door Trail, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and get engrossed in the history at Wounded Knee: The Museum.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park in 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chamberlain to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. In March in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 22°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.