21 days in South Dakota Itinerary

21 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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21 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Springfield
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Crazy Horse
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Hill City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Deadwood
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Mitchell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Springfield

2
days
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Windcross Conservancy, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Horse Thief Lake. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Black Hills Mining Museum, then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then trek along Presidential Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Keystone road trip planning tool .

Springfield to Keystone is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Keystone. In June, Keystone is little chillier than Springfield - with highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Crazy Horse.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, Windcross Conservancy, Black Hills Mining Museum
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Windcross Conservancy ©
Windcross Conservancy
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Black Hills Mining Museum
Black Hills Mining Museum

2
days
Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Native American Educational and Cultural Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, and then explore the activities along Stockade Lake. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Angostura Recreation Area, make a trip to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and then examine the collection at Custer County 1881 Courthouse.

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You can drive from Keystone to Crazy Horse in an hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Keystone in June since evenings lows in Crazy Horse dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Hill City.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Custer, Hot Springs
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Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Little Devil's Tower Trail ©
Little Devil's Tower Trail

1
day
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for gifts at Things That Rock and then get engrossed in the history at Wade's Gold Mill.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hill City driving holiday planner .

Hill City is very close to Crazy Horse. In June, daily temperatures in Hill City can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Hill City

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Custer
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Wade's Gold Mill ©
Wade's Gold Mill
Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

4
days
Deadwood

Deadwood
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Appreciate the collections at Adams Museum and Tri-State Museum. Family-friendly places like Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center and Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Deadwood to Beulah to see Vore Buffalo Jump about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, trek along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and admire the majestic nature at Bear Butte State Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Deadwood online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hill City to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hill City to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Deadwood are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Vore Buffalo Jump, Bear Butte State Park
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Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Vore Buffalo Jump ©
Vore Buffalo Jump

2
days
Rapid City

Rapid City
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, then see the interesting displays at The Journey Museum and Learning Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City vacation planner .

You can drive from Deadwood to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Museum of Geology
Museum of Geology
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Door Trail and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Explore hidden gems such as Prairie Homestead and Wounded Knee: The Museum. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Notch Trail, cruise along Loop Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug Store.

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Drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City to Badlands National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Wall, Philip
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Wall Drug Store
Wall Drug Store

2
days
Mitchell

Mitchell
Mitchell is a city in and the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead and then don't miss a visit to Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Corn Palace, don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and then steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mitchell day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Mitchell takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

De Smet
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Ingalls Homestead
Ingalls Homestead
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes ©
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©

2
days
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at South Dakota Art Museum, then admire the sheer force of Winnewissa Falls, and then make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Sioux Falls online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mitchell to Sioux Falls takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You will leave for home on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Vermillion, Winnewissa Falls, Pactola Lake, South Dakota Art Museum
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National Music Museum ©
National Music Museum
South Dakota Art Museum
South Dakota Art Museum

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