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
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: Eau Claire

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Wall Drug has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Prairie Homestead, then learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally make a trip to Wall Drug. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Wounded Knee: The Museum and then see the interesting displays at Armed Forces Display & Gifts.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Wall sightseeing planner.

Eau Claire to Wall is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Eau Claire in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 58°F at night. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Wall

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Philip, Armed Forces Display & Gifts
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Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Delta-09 Missile Silo ©
Delta-09 Missile Silo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine and then pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Pactola Lake, then learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Horse Thief Lake, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Wall to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wall in August, things will get slightly colder in Keystone: highs are around 77°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pactola Lake, Prairie Berry Winery
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Horse Thief Lake ©
Horse Thief Lake
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Needles Eye Tunnel has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at Native American Educational and Cultural Center and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then look for all kinds of wild species at Angostura Recreation Area, then get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and finally trek along Elk Mountain Nature Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Custer trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Keystone to Custer by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hot Springs, Elk Mountain Nature Trail, Native American Educational and Cultural Center
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 14th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and then admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Deadwood trip planner.

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. You'll set off for Badlands National Park on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Spearfish Falls
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Spearfish Falls ©
Spearfish Falls
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah 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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park journey maker website .

You can drive from Deadwood to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in August: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 58°F. On the 16th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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