8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 27th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Insideout and then learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Art Expressions, then trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at Harney Peak.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hill City trip planner .

New York City to Hill City 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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in May; daily highs in Hill City reach 59°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Custer, Harney Peak, Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium
Highlights from your plan
Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Roughlock Falls Nature Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls, then see the interesting displays at Nelson's Garage Car & Motorcycle Museum, then don't miss a visit to Deadwood Model Train, and finally shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates and then have some family-friendly fun at Kodiak's Arcade & Shooting Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Hill City to Deadwood takes an hour. Traveling from Hill City to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Deadwood are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Savoy
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Spearfish Falls ©
Spearfish Falls
Kodiak's Arcade & Shooting Gallery ©
Kodiak's Arcade & Shooting Gallery
Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates ©

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of Geology and then make a trip to Berlin Wall Exhibit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Canyon Lake Park, see the interesting displays at The Journey Museum & Learning Center, and then get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Rapid City tour itinerary site .

Getting from Deadwood to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Lake Park ©
Canyon Lake Park
Museum of Geology ©
Museum of Geology

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