10 days in Hill City & Custer Itinerary

10 days in Hill City & Custer Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Athens
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h 45 min
1
Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Custer
— 6 nights
Drive:  11 h 45 min
End: Athens

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, stop by The Farmer's Daughter, and then take a memorable tour with 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then hike along Presidential Trail, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Hill City online tour planner.

Athens to Hill City is an approximately 9- hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Athens in June, Hill City is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. You'll set off for Custer on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Hill City

Parks Tours Trails

Side Trip

Keystone
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

6
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Keystone (Big Thunder Gold Mine, Presidential Trail, &more), Wind Cave National Park (Elk Mountain Nature Trail & Wind Cave National Park) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, cruise along Needles Highway, appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Custer route website.

Custer is just a short distance from Hill City. In June, daily temperatures in Custer can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Keystone, Wind Cave National Park, Prairie Berry Winery, Needles Highway, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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