9 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
1
Keystone
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Keystone trip planner .

New York City to Keystone is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in Keystone reach 73°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

#Parks, #Nature
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Wall Drug or Buffalo Gift Shop. Escape the urban bustle at Door Trail and Notch Trail. Take a break from Badlands National Park with a short trip to South Dakota's Original 1880 Town in Murdo, about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of Delta-09 Missile Silo, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Keystone to Badlands National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, Badlands National Park is a bit warmer than Keystone - with highs of 83°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trips

Wall, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota's Original 1880 Town, Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 21st (Thu), take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then get engrossed in the history at Adams House, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Deadwood online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Deadwood takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Badlands National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Deadwood: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

#Scenic Drive, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Spearfish
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Scott Jacobs Studio ©
Scott Jacobs Studio

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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.
On the 22nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Artist Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots, then explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Deadwood to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Yellowstone National Park is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Deadwood in June, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 66°F and lows at 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
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Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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