9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Custer
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Keystone road trip planning tool .

New York City to Keystone is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Keystone due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Keystone to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, and finally make a trip to Dinosaur Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, then learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, then view the masterpieces at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, and finally get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner.

Rapid City is very close to Keystone. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Keystone in June, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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 10th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then steep yourself in history at Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Deadwood trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Rapid City to Deadwood by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Rapid City to Deadwood is 1 hour. Traveling from Rapid City in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Deadwood. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Spearfish
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and then browse the different shops at Wall Drug.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Wall travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Wall is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Deadwood in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Wall, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Custer.

Things to do in Wall

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wildlife Loop Road. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy, then cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Custer tour planner.

You can drive from Wall to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Wall in June: high temperatures in Custer hover around 73°F and lows are around 48°F. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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