6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Keystone
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Keystone online trip itinerary builder .

Washington DC to Keystone is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Keystone, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery ©
Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery

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night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, try to win big at Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Deadwood trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House
Scott Jacobs Studio ©
Scott Jacobs Studio

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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.
On the 12th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Badlands Ranch Store, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, and finally explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

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Getting from Deadwood to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in April: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Sage Creek Wilderness Area ©
Sage Creek Wilderness Area
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

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night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 14th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Armed Forces Display & Gifts, brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prairie Homestead, and finally don't miss a visit to Wall Drug.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wall day trip planner.

Wall is just a short distance from Badlands National Park. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Philip, Armed Forces Display & Gifts
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

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day
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

For maps and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wall to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wall to Sioux Falls. In April in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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