9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Sioux Falls
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
De Smet
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Keystone
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 8th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then stroll through SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip site .

Chicago to Sioux Falls is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Sioux Falls dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial ©

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our De Smet day trip website .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to De Smet takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in De Smet are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from De Smet to Badlands National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone difference when traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood road trip planning app .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, expect nights in Deadwood to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Black Hills National Forest and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Prairie Berry Winery and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, look for gifts at Goodtyme Photo, and take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area.

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Traveling by car from Deadwood to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in August, Keystone is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Hill City, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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