6 days in Badlands National Park, Deadwood & Minneapolis Itinerary

6 days in Badlands National Park, Deadwood & Minneapolis Itinerary

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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.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park holiday maker app.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Badlands National Park. In July, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature


Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Days of '76 Museum and Black Hills Mining Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Wild Bill's Trading Post on Main St. and Adams House for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, pause for some photo ops at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, and do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Deadwood sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Deadwood takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, you will find days in Deadwood are little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Shopping · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips


The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
On the 24th (Fri), examine the collection at Wells Fargo Museum, trek along Midtown Greenway, then stroll through River Road Trail, and finally hike along Mill Ruins Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis online journey planner.

Getting from Deadwood to Minneapolis by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Minneapolis when traveling from Deadwood in July, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Museums · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

South Dakota travel guide

National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.