5 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Devils Tower Itinerary

5 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Devils Tower Itinerary

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Keystone
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Wind Cave National Park
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Devils Tower
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Rapid City
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Keystone

Keystone ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills Helicopters, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone road trip planning website.

Chicago to Keystone is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Chicago to Keystone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Keystone. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
On the 6th (Tue), hike along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, then take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, then explore the striking landscape of Wind Cave National Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Wind Cave National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Wind Cave National Park takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Wind Cave National Park are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Windcross Conservancy ©
Windcross Conservancy

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Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): examine the collection at Hulett Museum, go for a walk through Tower Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Devils Tower tour planner.

Traveling by car from Wind Cave National Park to Devils Tower takes 3 hours. July in Devils Tower sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature · Parks · Museums

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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): examine the collection at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, and then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rapid City trip maker tool.

You can drive from Devils Tower to Rapid City in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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