9 days in Keystone, Deadwood & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

9 days in Keystone, Deadwood & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Keystone, Deadwood & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Memphis
Fly:  7​h
1
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Memphis

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area and then explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip builder tool .

Memphis to Keystone is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Keystone is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Memphis in July: highs in Keystone hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Custer
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Deadwood: Bridal Veil Falls (in Spearfish) and Devils Tower (Devils Tower National Monument & Tower Trail). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, steep yourself in history at Adams House, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, and have some family-friendly fun at Woody's Wild West, Inc.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Deadwood tour planning website .

You can drive from Keystone to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Keystone to Deadwood. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish, Devils Tower
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

4
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, and trek along Artist Point.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Deadwood to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Deadwood in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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