6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Duluth
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Deadwood
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Duluth

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Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip planner.

Duluth to Deadwood is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Duluth in July, you will find days in Deadwood are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

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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.
Family-friendly places like Black Hills National Forest and Big Thunder Gold Mine will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Presidential Trail and Iron Mountain Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, and get a taste of the local shopping with Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Deadwood to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Keystone. Expect little chillier evenings in Keystone when traveling from Deadwood in July, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

1
night
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 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip planner.

Getting from Keystone to Badlands National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in July, expect Badlands National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 20th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our De Smet day trip planning website .

Drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, you will find days in De Smet are slightly colder (85°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Depot Museum ©
De Smet Depot Museum

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