9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Eau Claire
Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
End: Eau Claire

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Badlands Wall and Loop Road. Get a sense of the local culture at Oglala Lakota College Historical Center and Wounded Knee Massacre Monument. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Burns Basin Overlook, and identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park holiday maker website .

Eau Claire to Badlands National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Eau Claire to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Eau Claire in August, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Wounded Knee Massacre Monument, Oglala Lakota College Historical Center
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Deadwood vacation maker site .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Deadwood by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: highs in Deadwood hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Scenic Drive Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Spearfish
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

2
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 13th (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, then take in the exciting artwork at Insideout, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Keystone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in August, Keystone is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Insideout, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

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