9 days in Yankton, Hill City & Deadwood Itinerary

9 days in Yankton, Hill City & Deadwood Itinerary

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9 days in Yankton, Hill City & Deadwood Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Hill City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
End: Sioux City


Yankton ©
Yankton is a city in, and the county seat of, Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Niobrara River. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Spirit Mound and then examine the collection at National Music Museum.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Yankton visit planner.

Sioux City to Yankton is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In September, daily temperatures in Yankton can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Hill City.

Things to do in Yankton

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vermillion, Niobrara River
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National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum
Niobrara River ©
Niobrara River

Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Stagecoach Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to South Dakota State Railroad Museum and Twisted Pine Winery. Get out of town with these interesting Hill City side-trips: Hot Springs (Angostura Recreation Area & Pioneer Museum). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Native American Educational and Cultural Center, view the masterpieces at Insideout, learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, and shop like a local with Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Hill City trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Yankton to Hill City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yankton in September: high temperatures in Hill City hover around 71°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

Museums Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Hot Springs, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Four Mile Old West Town, Black Elk Peak, Stagecoach Museum
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South Dakota State Railroad Museum ©
Stagecoach Museum ©
Stagecoach Museum
Pioneer Museum ©
Pioneer Museum


Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Step off the beaten path and head to Roughlock Falls Nature Area and Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. Termesphere Gallery and Nelson's Garage Car & Motorcycle Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Deadwood to go to Sturgis and see Black Hill National Cemetery, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Deadwood Model Train, do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room, look for gifts at Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, and get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Deadwood online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Hill City to Deadwood in an hour. The time zone difference when traveling from Hill City to Deadwood is 1 hour. In September in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Spearfish, Savoy, Black Hill National Cemetery, Dakota Shivers Brewing
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Black Hill National Cemetery ©
Black Hill National Cemetery
Termesphere Gallery ©
Termesphere Gallery