6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
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Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive
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Keystone
— 1 day
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Badlands National Park

— 4 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 day by day itinerary now includes Wall Drug as well as Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Roberts Prairie Dog Town and White River Valley Overlook. Get in touch with nature at Yellow Mounds Overlook and Badlands Wall. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook, and get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip maker site.

Salt Lake City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Salt Lake City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Badlands National Park, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Deadwood

— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. You've now added Days of '76 Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Deadwood road trip site.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood is 1 hour. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Deadwood, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites · Museums

Keystone

— 1 day

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Presidential Trail as well as Iron Mountain Road. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then hike along Presidential Trail, and then explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Keystone route planner.

Drive from Deadwood to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Keystone. September in Keystone sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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.