9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  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

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night
Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
Crazy Horse Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Crazy Horse itinerary planner .

Chicago to Crazy Horse is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Crazy Horse, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect Crazy Horse to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Hill City.
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Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Hills, and then take in the exciting artwork at Insideout. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Brule, explore the activities along Pactola Lake, and then admire all the interesting features of Dakota Stone Rock Shop.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hill City trip itinerary planning website .

Hill City is very close to Crazy Horse. In May, daytime highs in Hill City are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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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.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the activities along Grace Coolidge Creek, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Devil's Tower Trail, then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Rankin Ridge Nature Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Keystone driving holiday tool .

Keystone is just a stone's throw from Hill City. In June, daily temperatures in Keystone can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Rankin Ridge Nature Trail
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©

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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. On the 2nd (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Keystone to Badlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Keystone in June, with highs in Badlands National Park at 83°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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nights
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our De Smet day trip planning app .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 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 Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

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