12 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

12 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 1 night
2
Keystone
— 3 nights
3
Deadwood
— 3 nights
4
Spearfish
— 3 nights

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Storybook Island, Dinosaur Museum, Reptile Gardens, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a splash at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner.

Jamestown to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jamestown to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. In July in Rapid City, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort ©
WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Presidential Trail. Appreciate the collections at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and National Presidential Wax Museum. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Little Devil's Tower Trail, stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, explore the activities along Horse Thief Lake, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Keystone travel route planning app.

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rapid City in July: high temperatures in Keystone hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Little Devil's Tower Trail, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Horse Thief Lake ©
Horse Thief Lake

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Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Let the collections at Adams Museum and Old Fort Meade Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Broken Boot Gold Mine and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. Change things up with a short trip to Roughlock Falls Nature Area in Savoy (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Bear Butte State Park, hit the slopes at Terry Peak Ski Area, try to win big at Deadwood Mountain Grand, and learn about winemaking at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Deadwood route planner.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Keystone to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Deadwood are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Deadwood

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Roughlock Falls Nature Area, Old Fort Meade Museum, Bear Butte State Park, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
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Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center ©
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Terry Peak Ski Area ©
Terry Peak Ski Area

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Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, thenidentify plant and animal life at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, thenmake a splash at Spearfish Rec & Aquatics Center, and finally take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at McNenny State Fish Hatchery, explore the world behind art at Rogue's Gallery, thenexamine the collection at Hulett Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Aladdin General Store.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Spearfish trip planner.

Spearfish is just a stone's throw from Deadwood. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hulett, Spearfish Falls, Aladdin General Store
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D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery ©
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Rogue's Gallery ©
Rogue's Gallery

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