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
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the De Smet online road trip planner .

New York City to De Smet is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to De Smet, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in De Smet. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Wall.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): shop like a local with Wall Drug, then contemplate the long history of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Wall trip website .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Wall takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from De Smet to Wall due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 25th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Mt Roosevelt Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, hike along Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and then explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wall to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Wall to Deadwood is 1 hour. When traveling from Wall in May, plan for little chillier days in Deadwood, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lead, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, then learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and finally look for gifts at Goodtyme Photo. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Keystone itinerary planner .

Drive from Deadwood to Keystone in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Keystone is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Deadwood in May since evenings lows in Keystone dip to 37°F. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

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