8 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Wind Cave National Park & Sioux Falls Itinerary

8 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Wind Cave National Park & Sioux Falls Itinerary

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8 days in Black Hills & Badlands, Wind Cave National Park & Sioux Falls Itinerary

Start: Fargo
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Wind Cave National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Sioux Falls
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Fargo

3
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens. Get a sense of the local culture at Downtown Rapid City and Chapel in the Hills. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, stop by Pawnseum, and admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Rapid City day trip website .

Fargo to Rapid City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Fargo to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Keystone
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

1
day
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Deadwood road trip planning app .

You can drive from Rapid City to Deadwood in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Deadwood sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House

1
day
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and then explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Custer trip maker website .

Drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Custer is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Custer are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Custer

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Crazy Horse Memorial
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Bicycle Sculpture, look for all kinds of wild species at Windcross Conservancy, then trek along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, and finally Head underground at Wind Cave National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Wind Cave National Park trip planner .

Drive from Custer to Wind Cave National Park in an hour. In September in Wind Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Windcross Conservancy, Bicycle Sculpture
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Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
Windcross Conservancy ©
Windcross Conservancy
Bicycle Sculpture ©
Bicycle Sculpture

1
day
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.
On the 19th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Wall Drug, then explore the striking landscape of Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally explore and take pictures at Loop Road.

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Traveling by car from Wind Cave National Park to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. When traveling from Wind Cave National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Wall Drug
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

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hours
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Falls Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and then hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

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Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Sioux Falls, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls ©
SculptureWalk Sioux Falls

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