8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Fort Smith

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.
On the 20th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and finally cruise along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Keystone attractions planner.

Fort Smith to Keystone is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Smith to Keystone is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fort Smith in July, expect nights in Keystone to be much colder, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Hill City
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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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): browse the exhibits of Adams House, admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio.

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Getting from Keystone to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, 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 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Adams House ©
Adams House

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.
On the 24th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, hike along Notch Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in July, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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 26th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the De Smet trip maker .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: highs in De Smet hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sioux Falls.

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
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 27th (Sat), stroll through SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Sioux Falls journey planner .

Getting from De Smet to Sioux Falls by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

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