6 days in South Dakota, Southwest North Dakota & Devils Tower Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota, Southwest North Dakota & Devils Tower Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Keystone
— Few hours
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Crazy Horse
— Few hours
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Custer
— 1 night
Drive
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Hot Springs
— 1 day
Drive
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Keystone
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— Few hours
Drive
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Wall
— Few hours
Drive
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Lemmon
— Few hours
Drive
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Regent
— Few hours
Drive
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Dickinson
— 1 night
Drive
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Medora
— Few hours
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Belle Fourche
— Few hours
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Devils Tower
— Few hours
Drive
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Spearfish
— 1 night
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Deadwood
— Few hours
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Rapid City
— Few hours

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You've now added Downtown Rapid City to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sat), visit Downtown Rapid City.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Rapid City. In October, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Keystone.

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Keystone

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Keystone trip itinerary builder tool.

Keystone is just a short distance from Rapid City. In October, Keystone is a bit cooler than Rapid City - with highs of 57°F and lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Crazy Horse.

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Crazy Horse

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Crazy Horse attractions planner.

Getting from Keystone to Crazy Horse by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, daytime highs in Crazy Horse are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Custer.
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Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Custer tour itinerary builder website.

Custer is just a short distance from Crazy Horse. October in Custer sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 34°F at night. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, then explore the striking landscape of Wind Cave National Park, and finally hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hot Springs planner.

You can drive from Custer to Hot Springs in an hour. Another option is to drive. October in Hot Springs sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

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Keystone

Home Of Mount Rushmore

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Keystone travel route planning site.

Drive from Hot Springs to Keystone in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 20th (Tue), you'll travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Badlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in October, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Wall.

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Wall

Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Wall trip itinerary planning site.

Wall is just a stone's throw from Badlands National Park. In October in Wall, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 36°F at night. On the 20th (Tue), you're off to Lemmon.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Lemmon

Lemmon is a city in Perkins County, South Dakota, United States. For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lemmon vacation app.

You can drive from Wall to Lemmon in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Wall in October; daily highs in Lemmon reach 59°F and lows reach 30°F. On the 20th (Tue), you'll travel to Regent.

Things to do in Lemmon

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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Regent

Regent is a city in Hettinger County, North Dakota, United States. On the 20th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Enchanted Highway.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Regent online travel planner.

You can drive from Lemmon to Regent in an hour. October in Regent sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dickinson.

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Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Dickinson

Dickinson is a city in Stark County, North Dakota, United States. To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dickinson vacation planner.

You can drive from Regent to Dickinson in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Dickinson can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. You'll set off for Medora on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Dickinson

Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Fun & Games

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Medora

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Medora trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dickinson to Medora takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Medora, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 33°F at night. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Belle Fourche.

Things to do in Medora

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Belle Fourche online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Medora to Belle Fourche takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Belle Fourche are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. You will leave for Devils Tower on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Belle Fourche

Museums · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Devils Tower

A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Plan my trip to Devils Tower with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Belle Fourche to Devils Tower in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Belle Fourche to Devils Tower, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 37°F. On the 21st (Wed), you're off to Spearfish.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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Spearfish

Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. On the 21st (Wed), admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Spearfish road trip website.

Getting from Devils Tower to Spearfish by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Devils Tower to Spearfish, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Spearfish sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 38°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Deadwood.

Things to do in Spearfish

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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Deadwood

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tatanka: Story of the Bison.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip planner.

Deadwood is just a short distance from Spearfish. In October, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

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Museums
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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

On the 22nd (Thu), shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rapid City sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Shopping
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South Dakota travel guide

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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.