5 Tips for Planning the Perfect Trip to Deadwood SD

What kind of traveler are you? Some travelers swear that spontaneous road trips or one-way plane tickets are the best way to travel. But, if you’re ready to check some Black Hills attractions off your bucket list, you may need to do some planning before you hit the road.  The northern Black Hills offer many must-see attractions, so it is easy to become overwhelmed when planning the perfect trip to Deadwood SD. Luckily, we’ve created a list of some of our tips for planning your unforgettable trip:


What Black Hills attractions do you want to see the most? If you’re a first-time Black Hills visitor, we suggest creating a list of some of the one-of-a-kind places that you’ve been dying to see. If you’re in the area for multiple days, don’t just limit yourself to the northern Hills — there are many awesome things to do all over the Black Hills! Do you have an interest in animals? Add the Wildlife Loop, Bear Country & Reptile Gardens to your list! Do you love sight-seeing and admiring nature’s beautiful creations? Then Needles Highway, Black Elk Peak and Spearfish Canyon are for you!

Are you less interested in attractions and more interested in gaming? We know the perfect place for that, too! Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort is the perfect stop for an unforgettable gaming experience in Deadwood. Conveniently located on Historic Main Street, our resort has over 220 exciting slot machines, eight dynamic live table games, various delectable dining options and clean, newly renovated hotel rooms located just steps from the casino floor.


Now that you’ve got your must-see list, you can begin planning your itinerary! If you’re planning to travel to the southern region of the Black Hills, make sure you plan a day entirely for the attractions in that area. Traveling in the Hills is truly beautiful, so make sure you set aside enough time to get to your destinations, while also leaving time to be able step out of your vehicle to appreciate the beautiful views.

If you’ve got your eyes set on Deadwood and Deadwood only, you have the opportunity to explore all of the rich history, wildlife and authentic, wild west reenactments! Got a thing for history? Make sure you set aside plenty of time to check out all of the museums and monuments in town! Plus, the authentic Deadwood Alive reenactment of Deadwood’s historic, gunslinging past happens right in front of Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort at 2:00 PM, Monday-Saturday during the summer (May 26-September 22) — and it’s FREE!


You’ve narrowed down your list and created your itinerary, so it’s time to consider efficiency for your trip. Obviously, staying on track with your itinerary will keep your getaway running smoothly, but you need to count on an efficient location, hotel and amenities. Luckily, our gaming resort offers everything you possibly need when planning a trip to Deadwood. Tin Lizzie’s convenient location will keep you close to all the action, while also providing comfortable and luxurious accommodations. Whether you’re traveling to Custer for the day or going for a bicycle ride on George S. Mickelson Trail, our Deadwood casino is the ultimate headquarters for your perfect getaway.

We offer multiple dining options for whatever your craving may be. Looking for an elevated chef-inspired experience with perfect pairings of food, wine, & cocktails? Our newest on-site dining option, Snitches Restaurant, is a delectable culinary journey set in an intimate atmosphere featuring local and seasonal ingredients! With over 48 fine whiskeys, a large selection of craft beer, and Ireland-inspired menu items, Paddy O’Neill’s is the perfect place to enjoy a pint after a long day of adventure. Plus, they offer half-off wells, taps and appetizers during Paddy Hour! You’ll never need to worry about your next caffeine fix — we have the ONLY Starbucks in Deadwood right inside our resort!


Sometimes, planning the perfect vacation can be expensive. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the admission fees, hotel rates and travel expenses. Don’t let the fear of overspending keep you from planning the trip of your dreams! Instead, focus on a few free and inexpensive things to do around Deadwood — that way, you can still have a blast without breaking the bank! Here are a few of our favorite free & inexpensive things to do in the northern Hills:

  • (Free) Mount Moriah Cemetery — the historical burial place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Sol Star, and Seth Bullock.
  • (Free) Deadwood Alive — as mentioned earlier, an authentic shootout show, sure to make you feel like you’re among real-life outlaws!
  • (Free) George S. Mickelson Trail — 109-mile trail wildly known for bicycling and other outdoor adventures.
  • (Free) Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway — a beautiful cruise featuring a wide array of mesmerizing wildlife, waterfalls and hiking trails.
  • (Free) D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery — one of the oldest operational fish hatcheries in the country! Plus, you get to feed fish, who doesn’t love that?
  • (Inexpensive) Broken Boot Gold Mine — Is there still gold in the Black Hills? Dig into the past with this century-old mine. 
  • (Inexpensive) Mount Rushmore National Memorial — experience the massive, historic monument for free! The only fee you will encounter is a parking fee that is good for a whole year!

Plus, if you sign up at The Clubhouse, you will receive $5 in Free Play! Why not try your luck on our Deadwood casino floor? We also offer many ways to multiply your winnings with our casino promotions!


Whatever your itinerary may include, we are here to provide the best possible service during your trip to Deadwood. If you’ve got questions about directions, attractions or even places to eat, we’d love to help! With newly renovated hotel rooms, an efficient location and convenient amenities, Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort is the perfect full-service gaming and resort for your getaway.