7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  15​h
End: Chicago

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Black Hills National Forest and Big Thunder Gold Mine. Get a sense of the local culture at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Art Expressions. Explore Keystone's surroundings by going to Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, & more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, hike along Presidential Trail, view the masterpieces at Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone tour builder .

Chicago to Keystone is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Keystone due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, Keystone is a bit cooler at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Deadwood trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Keystone to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House

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