5 days in South Dakota & North Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota & North Dakota Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota & North Dakota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Medora
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look for gifts at Christmas Village Store and then admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone tour itinerary planner.

Washington DC to Keystone is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Keystone. When traveling from Washington DC in August, plan for little chillier days in Keystone, with highs around 77°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Keystone

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Rapid City, Custer
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): look for gifts at Wall Drug, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Wall travel planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Wall in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Keystone in September: highs in Wall hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Medora.

Things to do in Wall

#Nature, #Scenic Drive, #Parks

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

1
night
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start your trip to Medora by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Wall to Medora in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wall in September; daily highs in Medora reach 70°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Medora

#Historic Sites

Side Trip

Painted Canyon Overlook
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Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook

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