35 days in South Dakota Itinerary

35 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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35 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Fort Worth
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Hill City
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Keystone
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
7
Lead
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Spearfish
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
10
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Interior
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Fort Worth

3
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. On the 31st (Sat), hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Wind Cave National Park, then take in the natural beauty of Evans Plunge Mineral Springs, and finally get curious at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of the Fur Trade, then admire the majestic nature at Fort Robinson State Park, and then get a new perspective on nature at Trailside Museum of Natural History.

Plan a Hot Springs trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Fort Worth to Hot Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In August, Hot Springs is cooler than Fort Worth - with highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Custer.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Crawford, Wind Cave National Park, Museum of the Fur Trade, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Museum of the Fur Trade ©
Museum of the Fur Trade

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake and then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Iron Mountain Road, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, and then get a new perspective on nature at Native American Educational and Cultural Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Custer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hot Springs to Custer takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Custer are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hill City.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Needles Highway
Highlights from your plan
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

3
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Hill City is known for wineries, museums, nightlife, classes, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Hills, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Farmer's Daughter.

To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Hill City driving holiday planner .

Hill City is just a stone's throw from Custer. In September, daily temperatures in Hill City can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Hill City

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Black Hills, Pactola Lake
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©

4
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.
Keystone is known for nature, theme parks, trails, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, look for gifts at Tinder Box Gourmet Popcorn, see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Keystone road trip planning app .

Keystone is very close to Hill City. September in Keystone sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F at night. On the 11th (Wed), you'll travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

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.
Rapid City is known for wildlife, museums, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City vacation planner.

Rapid City is just a stone's throw from Keystone. Traveling from Keystone in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 53°F in Rapid City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Shopping Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, and finally view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Mt Roosevelt Monument, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Deadwood takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Lead.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Highlights from your plan
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Broken Boot Gold Mine ©
Broken Boot Gold Mine

3
nights
Lead

Lead ©
Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. When in Lead, make a side trip to see Wonderland Caves in Nemo, approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, immerse yourself in nature at Roughlock Falls Nature Area, and take an in-depth tour of Black Hills Mining Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lead travel route planner .

Lead is just a stone's throw from Deadwood. In September in Lead, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Spearfish.

Things to do in Lead

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Roughlock Falls Nature Area, Wonderland Caves
Highlights from your plan
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center ©
Black Hills Mining Museum ©
Black Hills Mining Museum

4
nights
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Spearfish: Devils Tower (Devils Tower National Monument, Tower Trail, & more), Crook County Museum (in Sundance) and Rockpile Museum (in Gillette). The adventure continues: cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, get outside with PaleoAdventures, and look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Spearfish trip builder tool .

Spearfish is just a short distance from Lead. In September, daytime highs in Spearfish are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Wall.

Things to do in Spearfish

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Devils Tower, Belle Fourche, Spearfish Falls, Crook County Museum, Rockpile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, and then stop by Wall Drug. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Badlands Petrified Gardens and then see the interesting displays at Armed Forces Display & Gifts.

Make your Wall itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Spearfish to Wall takes 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Spearfish to Wall due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Spearfish in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Wall, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Wall

Museums Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Armed Forces Display & Gifts, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands Petrified Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Delta-09 Missile Silo ©
Delta-09 Missile Silo

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Keep things going the next day: hike along Door Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then trek along Notch Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online road trip planner .

Badlands National Park is just a stone's throw from Wall. In September, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Interior.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

3
nights
Interior

Interior ©
Interior is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. Explore Interior's surroundings by going to Oglala Lakota College Historical Center (in Kyle), Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (in Martin) and Wounded Knee Massacre Monument (in Wounded Knee). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park and steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Interior journey planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Interior takes an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Interior can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 2nd (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Interior

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge, Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Prairie Homestead, Wounded Knee Massacre Monument
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

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