9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota sightseeing planner

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Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Deadwood
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 4 nights
Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo



— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Adams House and then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Mind Blown Studio, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood tour planner.

Kalamazoo to Deadwood is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kalamazoo to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In June, Deadwood is little chillier than Kalamazoo - with highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Philip.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites · Museums · Classes · Shopping


— 3 nights
Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. Get some historical perspective at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Prairie Homestead. Get outdoors at Loop Road and Hurley Butte Horseback Riding. Get out of town with these interesting Philip side-trips: Badlands National Park (in Interior) and Badlands National Park (Big Badlands Overlook & Badlands Wall).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Philip trip maker website.

You can drive from Deadwood to Philip in 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Philip. While traveling from Deadwood, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Philip, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Philip

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips


— 4 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Black Hills National Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road.

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Drive from Philip to Custer in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philip in June, with highs in Custer at 73°F and lows at 48°F. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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.