28 days in South Dakota Itinerary

28 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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28 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Oklahoma City
Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Custer
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Wind Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Interior
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Murdo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
11
Yankton
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: Oklahoma City

6
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Custer State Park Resort, 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad and Crazy Horse Memorial. Museum-lovers will appreciate Native American Educational and Cultural Center and Custer County 1881 Courthouse. Visiting Custer State Park and Sylvan Lake will get you outdoors. Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring the underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, trek along Sunday Gulch Trail, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bismark Lake Campground.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Custer online holiday planner .

Oklahoma City to Custer is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oklahoma City to Custer. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Oklahoma City in June: highs in Custer hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

South Dakota, Crazy Horse, 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. You've now added Broken Boot Gold Mine to your itinerary. On the 7th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Mt Roosevelt Monument, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Deadwood online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Custer to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In July in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Spearfish
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Yellow Mounds Overlook, then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

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You can drive from Deadwood to Wall in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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, you will find days in Wall are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

2
nights
Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
You've now added Wind Cave National Park to your itinerary. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail, then hike along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wind Cave National Park holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Wall to Wind Cave National Park takes 2 hours. In July, Wind Cave National Park is little chillier than Wall - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. On the 11th (Thu), you'll travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You've added Downtown Rapid City, Mount Rushmore Tours, Cosmos Mystery Area, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Wind Cave National Park to Rapid City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Wind Cave National Park in July, Rapid City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Rapid City

Tours Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Cosmos Mystery Area ©
Cosmos Mystery Area
Mount Rushmore Tours ©
Mount Rushmore Tours

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then steep yourself in history at Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

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Traveling by car from Rapid City to De Smet takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to De Smet due to the time zone difference. July in De Smet sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 61°F at night. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel to Interior.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

2
nights
Interior

Interior ©
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Badlands National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 15th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Notch Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prairie Homestead.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Interior visit site .

Getting from De Smet to Interior by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from De Smet, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Interior, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Murdo.

Things to do in Interior

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Prairie Homestead
Highlights from your plan
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

3
nights
Murdo

Murdo ©
Murdo is a city in Jones County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes South Dakota's Original 1880 Town. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Pioneer Auto Museum and then contemplate the long history of South Dakota's Original 1880 Town.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Murdo itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Interior to Murdo takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Interior to Murdo is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Murdo are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Murdo

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Auto Museum ©
Pioneer Auto Museum

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.
You've now added Rush Mountain Adventure Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures and then look for gifts at Goodtyme Photo. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Rush Mountain Adventure Park, learn about winemaking at Twisted Pine Winery, and then get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Keystone road trip site .

Drive from Murdo to Keystone in 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Murdo to Keystone. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Murdo in July: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trip

Hill City
Highlights from your plan
Rush Mountain Adventure Park ©
Rush Mountain Adventure Park
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery ©
Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery

3
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mammoth Site of Hot Springs as well as Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole. Get in touch with nature at Angostura Recreation Area and Evans Plunge Mineral Springs. Let the collections at Pioneer Museum and Trails, Trains and Pioneers Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary and stroll through J.H. Keith Park and Whitney Preserve at Cascade Springs.

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

Getting from Keystone to Hot Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yankton.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Trails, Trains and Pioneers Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Pioneer Museum ©
Pioneer Museum
Evans Plunge Mineral Springs ©
Evans Plunge Mineral Springs

2
nights
Yankton

Yankton ©
Yankton is a city in, and the county seat of, Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Lewis and Clark Recreation Area to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Spirit Mound, then examine the collection at National Music Museum, then see human ingenuity at work at Gavin's Point Dam, and finally trek along Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, take an in-depth tour of Dakota Territorial Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Meridian Highway Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yankton trip planning site .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Yankton in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Hot Springs to Yankton, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hot Springs in July since evenings lows in Yankton dip to 63°F. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yankton

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Vermillion, Gavin's Point Dam
Highlights from your plan
National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum
Meridian Highway Bridge ©
Meridian Highway Bridge
Dakota Territorial Museum ©
Dakota Territorial Museum

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