9 days in Deadwood & Badlands National Park Itinerary

9 days in Deadwood & Badlands National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Deadwood & Badlands National Park Itinerary

Start: Deadwood
1
Deadwood
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Deadwood

6
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway has been added to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Adams Museum and Tatanka: Story of the Bison. Get in touch with nature at Devils Tower National Monument and Black Hills National Forest. Explore Deadwood's surroundings by going to Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, & more). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, try to win big at Mineral Palace Casino, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, and take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Deadwood road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Deadwood. In October in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 38°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Custer, Spearfish, Devils Tower National Monument, Spearfish Falls
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Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Wounded Knee: The Museum. Get in touch with nature at Big Badlands Overlook and Yellow Mounds Overlook. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, trek along Castle Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip tool .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park. Traveling from Deadwood in October, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park, Wounded Knee: The Museum
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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