10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

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Buffalo Gap
— 1 night
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Wall
— 2 nights
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Mitchell
— 1 night
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Buffalo Gap

— 1 night
Buffalo Gap is a town in Custer County, South Dakota, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Windcross Conservancy. On the 23rd (Sun), trek along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail and then Head underground at Wind Cave National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Buffalo Gap trip planner.

Casper to Buffalo Gap is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. When traveling from Casper in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Buffalo Gap: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Buffalo Gap

Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trips

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Black Hills National Forest, Sylvan Lake and Custer State Park. On the 25th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and then take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Horse Thief Lake and then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer trip planner.

You can drive from Buffalo Gap to Custer in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 45°F. You'll set off for Rapid City on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Bear Country USA has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Lake Park, and then don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Roughlock Falls Nature Area, admire the majestic nature at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Custer to Rapid City by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Custer in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rapid City, with lows around 53°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wall.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wall

— 2 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook, then hike along Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, and finally trek along Notch Trail.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Wall attractions planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Wall in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Rapid City in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for Mitchell.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Mitchell

— 1 night
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mitchell online trip maker.

Drive from Wall to Mitchell in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Wall to Mitchell, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 40°F. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mitchell

Shopping

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.