9 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Nauvoo Itinerary

9 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Nauvoo Itinerary

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9 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Nauvoo Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Keystone
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
4
Nauvoo
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Wall itinerary planning website .

New York City to Wall is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Wall due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, Wall is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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 21st (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then see the interesting displays at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, and finally explore and take pictures at Broken Boot Gold Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Black Hills Mining Museum, then get all the information you need at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood day trip app .

You can drive from Wall to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Wall to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Wall in July: highs in Deadwood hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lead, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Bridal Veil Falls
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Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Black Hills Mining Museum ©
Black Hills Mining Museum

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Custer State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Peter Norbeck Visitors Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Keystone: Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole (in Hot Springs) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road & Sylvan Lake). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, hike along Presidential Trail, and take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Keystone travel route planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Keystone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Keystone, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Nauvoo.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Hot Springs, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

1
night
Nauvoo

Nauvoo ©
Nauvoo is a small city in Hancock County, Illinois, United States, on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Art Center of Burlington, then get to know the fascinating history of Snake Alley, then contemplate the long history of Historic Nauvoo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nauvoo Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Brigham Young Home and then make a trip to Joseph Smith Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nauvoo tour itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Keystone to Nauvoo. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Keystone in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nauvoo, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nauvoo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Burlington
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Historic Nauvoo ©
Historic Nauvoo
Nauvoo Temple ©
Nauvoo Temple
Joseph Smith Historic Site ©
Joseph Smith Historic Site

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