5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Keystone
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Door Trail, then trek along Notch Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park route planner .

New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Badlands National Park when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Adams House, get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and finally view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood trip builder website .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood is 1 hour. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Deadwood, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

1
night
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 5th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Keystone journey builder app .

You can drive from Deadwood to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Keystone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Keystone, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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