7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Insideout. Get outdoors at Black Hills National Forest and Needles Eye Tunnel. Get out of town with these interesting Keystone side-trips: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). The adventure continues: trek along Presidential Trail, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Keystone online day trip planner .

New York City to Keystone is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Keystone at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Insideout, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, contemplate the long history of Adams House, stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, and finally view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood road trip planner.

You can 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. In July, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House
Scott Jacobs Studio ©
Scott Jacobs Studio

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, cruise along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at White River Valley Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Deadwood to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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. When traveling from Deadwood in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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