8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Saint Cloud
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
End: Saint Cloud

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.
Get outdoors at Black Hills National Forest and Custer State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, & more). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Keystone trip planning site .

Saint Cloud to Keystone is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Saint Cloud in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Keystone, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Custer
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Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 31st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, identify plant and animal life at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, then explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, get answers to all your questions at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip site .

Drive from Keystone to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Deadwood is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Spearfish, Lead, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center
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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
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 2nd (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally admire all the interesting features of Yellow Mounds Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 August, you will find days in Badlands National Park are somewhat warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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