Planning Your Time
Offering history, gaming, and scenic byways, the Northern Hills attracts a diverse audience. For those seeking the excitement of the casinos and Wild West shows, Deadwood is just 45 minutes from Rapid City and makes for an easy day trip if time is limited.
But to enjoy the historic and scenic beauty of the region, you’ll want to spend at least one night and two days. Start in Spearfish , drive the scenic byway , spend a night in Lead , visit the mining museums , and then spend the rest of the day in Deadwood .