8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Keystone
— 2 nights
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Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wall
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Keystone

— 2 nights

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.
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Wind Cave National Park and Black Hills. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail (in Custer) and Hot Springs (The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary & Angostura Recreation Area). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Farmer's Daughter.

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Rochester to Keystone is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Rochester to Keystone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rochester in May, things will get a bit cooler in Keystone: highs are around 59°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 2 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): appreciate the history behind Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then admire the verdant scenery at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, then get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum, then engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mt Roosevelt Monument.

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Traveling by car from Keystone to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. May in Deadwood sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wall

— 2 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Prairie Homestead, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then hike along Door Trail, and finally trek along Notch Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then stroll through Castle Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

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Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Deadwood in May, you will find days in Wall are a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. On the 25th (Tue), engage your brain at Washington Pavilion, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

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You can drive from Wall to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Wall to Sioux Falls is 1 hour. In May in Sioux Falls, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums · Nightlife · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.