13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Keystone
— 1 night
Drive
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Custer
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hill City
— 1 night
Drive
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Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive
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Spearfish
— 1 night
Drive
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Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly to Lake Charles, Taxi to Lafayette

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Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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 list of things to see and do now includes Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Loop Road, Fossil Exhibit Trail, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on Hurley Butte Horseback Riding, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fossil Exhibit Trail, get answers to all your questions at Ben Reifel Visitor Center, then hike along Door Trail, and finally trek along Notch Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Lafayette to Badlands National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Lafayette to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lafayette in August, things will get little chillier in Badlands National Park: highs are around 87°F and lows about 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Presidential Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Keystone tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 77°F and lows are around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Custer

— 4 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elk Mountain Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park) and Hot Springs (The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, &more). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, get great views at Mount Coolidge, cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, and explore and take pictures at Needles Highway.

Before you visit Custer, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Keystone to Custer in an hour. August in Custer sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hill City.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Hill City

— 1 night
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, look for gifts at Granite Sports, and then do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hill City trip planner.

Hill City is very close to Custer. In August in Hill City, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Deadwood

— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine, then take an in-depth tour of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Deadwood trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hill City to Deadwood takes an hour. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Spearfish.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites · Museums

Spearfish

— 1 night
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Tri-State Museum, go for a walk through Center of the Nation Monument, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Crow Peak Brewing Company, and finally admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Vore Buffalo Jump, then admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and finally get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Spearfish trip itinerary builder.

Spearfish is just a short distance from Deadwood. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums · Scenic Drive · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City journey planning website.

Getting from Spearfish to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Spearfish to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. August in Rapid City sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. On the 29th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.