7 days in Rapid City, Keystone & Deadwood Itinerary

7 days in Rapid City, Keystone & Deadwood Itinerary

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7 days in Rapid City, Keystone & Deadwood Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
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Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
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Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Rapid City
— Few hours
End: Rapid City

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You've added Ben Reifel Visitor Center, Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Wall Drug, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills and then sample the tasty concoctions at Lost Cabin Beer Co.. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get all the information you need at Ben Reifel Visitor Center, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and finally browse the different shops at Wall Drug.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Rapid City. In September in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Wall Drug
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Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole as well as Wildlife Loop Road. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, then cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Keystone online tour planner .

Keystone is just a short distance from Rapid City. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rapid City in September since evenings lows in Keystone dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Custer, Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, Bear Country USA
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

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Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip planner .

Getting from Keystone to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Keystone to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Devils Tower National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Adams House ©
Adams House

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Murphy's Pub & Grill. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center and then get a taste of local nightlife at Murphy's Pub & Grill.

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Traveling by car from Deadwood to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nightlife Museums Shopping
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Suzie Cappa Art Center ©
Suzie Cappa Art Center

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