9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip itinerary planner

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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Deadwood
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Notch Trail and Door Trail. Attractions like Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Fossil Exhibit Trail make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and trek along Saddle Pass Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Philadelphia to Badlands National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Philadelphia in June since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Keystone

— 2 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Farmer's Daughter, then learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, then examine the collection at Custer County 1881 Courthouse, and finally cruise along Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. On the next day, hike along Little Devil's Tower Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, and then take in the pleasant sights at Sunday Gulch Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Keystone trip planner.

Getting from Badlands National Park to Keystone by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in June, with highs in Keystone at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 3 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Museum-lovers will appreciate Days of '76 Museum and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. Step out of the city life by going to Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls State Nature Area. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Mt Roosevelt Monument, go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine, take an in-depth tour of Black Hills Mining Museum, and see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Deadwood trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Deadwood is 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.