9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then stop by Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, then get engrossed in the history at Adams House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, then take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls, then admire the majestic nature at Roughlock Falls Nature Area, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood online attractions planner .

Minneapolis to Deadwood is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis in June, Deadwood is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hill City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Savoy, Spearfish
Highlights from your plan
Adams House ©
Adams House
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 24th (Mon), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Farmer's Daughter, then learn about winemaking at Twisted Pine Winery, then stop by Granite Sports, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Harney Peak and then trek along Sunday Gulch Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hill City trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to Hill City in an hour. Traveling from Deadwood to Hill City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June in Hill City, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Custer, Harney Peak
Highlights from your plan
Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
The Farmer's Daughter ©
The Farmer's Daughter

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Cosmos Mystery Area has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Lake Park, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, then shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center, and finally do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Hill City to Rapid City in an hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hill City in June since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Lake Park ©
Canyon Lake Park
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars
Suzie Cappa Art Center ©
Suzie Cappa Art Center

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.
On the 27th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then stroll through Presidential Trail, and finally look for gifts at Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Angostura Recreation Area and then contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Keystone travel route planning tool .

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. In June, Keystone is slightly colder than Rapid City - with highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Custer, Angostura Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

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