6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
Drive:  30​min
1
Keystone
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Keystone road trip site .

Rapid City to Keystone is an approximately half hour car ride. Traveling from Rapid City in August, things will get a bit cooler in Keystone: highs are around 77°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, get engrossed in the history at Black Hills Mining Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Broken Boot Gold Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and finally appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area.

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Drive from Keystone to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lead, Spearfish
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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Loop Road and Castle Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saddle Pass Trail and Panorama Point Overlook. When in Badlands National Park, make a side trip to see Oglala Lakota College Historical Center in Kyle, approximately 58 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in August, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Oglala Lakota College Historical Center ©

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