9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Crazy Horse
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
De Smet
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h 30 min
End: Chicago

1
night
Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
Crazy Horse Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Crazy Horse trip planner.

Chicago to Crazy Horse is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Crazy Horse reach 59°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hill City.
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Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Black Hills to your itinerary. On the 30th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Hills National Forest, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Hills, and then stop by Insideout. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Brule, explore the activities along Pactola Lake, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Dakota Stone Rock Shop.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hill City road trip planner.

Hill City is very close to Crazy Horse. In May in Hill City, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Hill City

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Black Hills National Forest, Black Hills, Pactola Lake
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Black Hills ©
Black Hills
Pactola Lake ©
Pactola Lake
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Grace Coolidge Creek, thentrek along Little Devil's Tower Trail, thenget great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rankin Ridge Nature Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Keystone holiday planner.

Keystone is very close to Hill City. In June, daily temperatures in Keystone can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Custer, Rankin Ridge Nature Trail
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Breezy Point Picnic Area ©
Breezy Point Picnic Area

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Big Badlands Overlook as well as Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park online tour planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Badlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in June, expect Badlands National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Panorama Point Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook

2
nights
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the De Smet road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to De Smet takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet. In June, daily temperatures in De Smet can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites
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Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
De Smet Cemetery
De Smet Cemetery

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