9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mitchell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Sioux Falls
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
End: Kansas City

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.
Explore Keystone's surroundings by going to Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Rapid City (Chapel in the Hills & Downtown Rapid City). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, hike along Presidential Trail, and explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Keystone travel route planning website .

Kansas City to Keystone is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kansas City in October: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 57°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Rapid City, Crazy Horse Memorial, Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, get engrossed in the history at Adams House, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Deadwood trip app .

Drive from Keystone to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Keystone to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Scenic Drive Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Wall Drug, then look for gifts at Buffalo Gift Shop, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wall online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Deadwood in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Shopping Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Corn Palace has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and then browse the exhibits of Corn Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at George and Eleanor McGovern Library and then stop by Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mitchell travel planner.

Traveling by car from Wall to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

1
day
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then stroll around Falls Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Pettigrew Home & Museum ©
Pettigrew Home & Museum

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