8 days in South Dakota, Walnut Grove & Minneapolis Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota, Walnut Grove & Minneapolis Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota, Walnut Grove & Minneapolis Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  9​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Spearfish
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Hill City
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
6
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Walnut Grove
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Minneapolis
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Baltimore

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes White River Valley Overlook, Ben Reifel Visitor Center, Door Trail, and other attractions. On the 16th (Tue), hike along Door Trail, get answers to all your questions at Ben Reifel Visitor Center, and then explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip maker site .

Minneapolis to Badlands National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Minneapolis in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Wall.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wall Drug as well as Wounded Knee: The Museum. On the 17th (Wed), make a trip to Wall Drug and then take an in-depth tour of Wounded Knee: The Museum.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Wall visit website .

Wall is just a short distance from Badlands National Park. In July, daily temperatures in Wall can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for Spearfish.

Things to do in Wall

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Wounded Knee: The Museum ©
Wounded Knee: The Museum

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hours
Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Roughlock Falls State Nature Area as well as Bridal Veil Falls. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, identify plant and animal life at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and then admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

Make your Spearfish itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Wall to Spearfish takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Wall in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Spearfish: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 58°F at night. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Spearfish

Outdoors Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Highlights from your plan
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

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night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Deadwood Alive as well as Mount Moriah Cemetery. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, and then take in a show at Deadwood Alive.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Deadwood trip maker site .

Deadwood is just a stone's throw from Spearfish. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hill City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Deadwood Alive ©
Deadwood Alive

few
hours
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Hill City Visitor Information Center has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get answers to all your questions at Hill City Visitor Information Center, hike along Presidential Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hill City trip planner.

Drive from Deadwood to Hill City in an hour. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Hill City. Traveling from Deadwood in July, Hill City is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Hill City Visitor Information Center ©

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Wildlife Loop Road, Rockin R Rides, The Needles, and other attractions. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Needles, and finally admire all the interesting features of Needles Highway.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Custer itinerary builder website .

Custer is just a short distance from Hill City. In July, daily temperatures in Custer can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Walnut Grove.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

South Dakota, Native American Educational and Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

few
hours
Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove ©
Walnut Grove is a city in Redwood County, Minnesota, United States. On the 22nd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls' Homestead.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Walnut Grove trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Custer to Walnut Grove. Traveling from Custer to Walnut Grove, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Walnut Grove when traveling from Custer in July, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Walnut Grove

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum

1
night
Minneapolis

Minneapolis
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Minneapolis trip builder tool .

Drive from Walnut Grove to Minneapolis in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Nightlife Outdoors

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