10 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

10 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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10 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Drive:  7​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Deadwood
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Launch Control Facility Delta-01, and finally hike along Castle Trail.

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Kansas City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Badlands National Park. Traveling from Kansas City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Badlands National Park, with lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Philip, Delta-09 Missile Silo
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook

4
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Adams House and Crook County Museum. Get outdoors at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center and Roughlock Falls State Nature Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deadwood: Tri-State Museum (in Belle Fourche), Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy) and Black Hill National Cemetery (in Sturgis). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Rogue's Gallery, view the masterpieces at Termesphere Gallery, admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, and shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Badlands National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Deadwood, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Savoy, Belle Fourche, Rogue's Gallery, Black Hill National Cemetery, Termesphere Gallery
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Crook County Museum ©
Crook County Museum

2
nights
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 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, then explore the activities along Legion Lake, and then learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park and then stroll through Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Custer trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Deadwood to Custer by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Custer is minus 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Custer are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
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Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Peter Norbeck Visitors Center ©
Peter Norbeck Visitors Center

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