14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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14 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Seattle

3
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Wildlife Loop Road and Needles Highway. Change things up with these side-trips from Hot Springs: Jewel Cave National Monument (in Custer) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). And it doesn't end there: learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, trek along Elk Mountain Nature Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Windcross Conservancy.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hot Springs trip itinerary maker .

Seattle to Hot Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hot Springs, with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Wind Cave National Park, Needles Highway, Windcross Conservancy
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Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park

3
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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 the city life by going to Loop Road and Notch Trail. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, and trek along Door Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from Hot Springs in August, things will get a bit warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around 87°F and lows about 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Escape the urban bustle at Bear Country USA and Needles Eye Tunnel. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Sylvan Lake, Black Hills National Forest, & more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Presidential Trail). It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park and get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip app .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
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. You've added Devil's Tower National Monument Visitor Center, Andy's Trail Rides, Black Hills Off-Road Rentals, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 18th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail, get outside with Devil Bathtub South Dakota, get outside with Black Hills Off-Road Rentals, then take a pleasant ride with Andy's Trail Rides, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine, and then get all the information you need at Devil's Tower National Monument Visitor Center.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Deadwood trip site .

You can drive from Rapid City to Deadwood in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Nature Tours

Side Trips

Spearfish, Devils Tower, Andy's Trail Rides
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

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