7 days in Minneapolis, Black Hills & Badlands & Estes Park Itinerary

7 days in Minneapolis, Black Hills & Badlands & Estes Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Minneapolis
— 1 day
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Wall
— 2 nights
Drive
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Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive
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Keystone
— 1 night
Fly
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis

— 1 day

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 6th (Mon), stroll through Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, explore the activities along Chain of Lakes, then walk around Mill Ruins Park, then admire the sheer force of St. Anthony Falls, and finally stop by Candyland.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Minneapolis road trip planning app.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Minneapolis. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Wall.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Wall

— 2 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): hike along Notch Trail, hike along Door Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Castle Trail, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally look for gifts at Wall Drug.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Wall trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Minneapolis to Wall in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Wall is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in July: highs in Wall hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Tatanka: Story of the Bison, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Adams House, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip planner.

Getting from Wall to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Wall to Deadwood is 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Wall in July: highs in Deadwood hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Keystone

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and then learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Deadwood to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Keystone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Keystone, with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Estes Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Museums · Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 2 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Glacier Creek Stables. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Purple Mountain Taffy Company, view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and then examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park sightseeing planner.

Fly from Keystone to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Keystone in July, expect Estes Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip