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Deadwood, South Dakota

While touring Cody, Wyoming and surrounding areas, make a side trip to Deadwood, South Dakota to get a real taste of the Old West, with plenty of historic sights.

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  • Visiting Deadwood, South Dakota is like being in an old western movie
  • Find a great selection of lodging and dining in Deadwood
  • Casinos make the gambling fun
  • Be sure not to miss Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park
  • Get to Cody, Wyoming from Deadwood on I-90


Think of swinging wooden saloon doors, suspicious eyes peeking from behind a hand of cards, a gunshot fired from a shootout on Main Street. Perhaps it sounds like an old western flick, but for many, Deadwood, South Dakota comes to mind.


Deadwood, South Dakota is located off of Interstate 90, north of Rapid City, about 5 and ½ hours east of Cody, Wyoming.


There are plenty of places to stay in Deadwood, with everything from economy accommodations to luxurious hotels. Find a rustic cabin, a condo or a western lodge. Deadwood offers a wide selection.

You’ll find both casual and fine dining in Deadwood, with plenty to choose from and all having delicious foods. Whether you prefer elegance, a relaxed atmosphere or family dining, Deadwood has it all. Western fare is excellent, so you should definitely sample the prime rib while here. There are several buffets at reasonable prices too.


Summertime is excellent for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and you can explore the northern end of the George S. Mickelson Trail.

If you enjoy casinos, there are 80 of them waiting for your visit. If you don’t want to risk the gaming halls, you may like panning for gold, which you can still do in these parts.

During the winter you will want to visit the two ski areas a few miles outside of nearby Lead, South Dakota - Terry Peak and Deer Mountain.


Since the entire town of Deadwood is a national historic landmark, you should take some time to tour Main Street. Some of the buildings date back to 1876 when gold was discovered here.

Nearby you’ll find such popular attractions as the following:

  • Mt. Rushmore
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Custer State Park
  • Black Hills National Forest

Getting Here

If you are traveling to Cody, Wyoming, from Deadwood, South Dakota, you will take I-90 West and exit at Exit 9. Turn left onto US 14, which will take you right into Cody. The distance is 359 miles and takes about 5 hours and 22 minutes.

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Visit Deadwood South Dakota

Experience a taste of the Gold Rush and the Wild West in historic Deadwood, South Dakota.