8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Aberdeen
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Rushmore Tramway Adventures and Big Thunder Gold Mine. Explore Keystone's surroundings by going to Custer (Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park, & more). There's much more to do: cruise along Iron Mountain Road, explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and take in the exciting artwork at Insideout.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Keystone journey planner.

Minneapolis to Keystone is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Minneapolis in July since evenings lows in Keystone dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Custer, Needles Highway, Insideout
Highlights from your plan
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip maker site .

You can drive from Keystone to Badlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around 91°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): look for gifts at Old West Trading Post, then appreciate the history behind Dignity, then head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and finally get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chamberlain holiday app .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 12th (Fri), stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and then contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the De Smet trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Chamberlain to De Smet in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in De Smet are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aberdeen.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
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Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

1
night
Aberdeen

Aberdeen ©
Aberdeen is a city in and the county seat of Brown County, South Dakota, United States, about northeast of Pierre. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): walk around Richmond Lake Recreation Area, then stroll around Wylie Park, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Storybook Land.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Aberdeen trip itinerary maker .

Getting from De Smet to Aberdeen by car takes about 2 hours. July in Aberdeen sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Wylie Park ©
Wylie Park
Richmond Lake Recreation Area ©
Richmond Lake Recreation Area

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