11 days in Dublin & South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in Dublin & South Dakota Itinerary

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— 2 nights
Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport



— 2 nights
Dublin is a suburban city of the East Bay and Tri-Valley regions of Alameda County, California, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Lafayette Reservoir and Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Explore hidden gems such as John Muir National Historic Site and Del Valle Regional Park. When in Dublin, make a side trip to see Mount Diablo State Park in Clayton, approximately Clayton away. There's more to do: trek along Iron Horse Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dublin itinerary planner.

San Francisco to Dublin is an approximately 1-hour car ride. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dublin: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Loop Road and Door Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Notch Trail and Yellow Mounds Overlook. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and take some stellar pictures from Pinnacles Overlook.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dublin to Badlands National Park. Traveling from Dublin to Badlands National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dublin in September, things will get slightly colder in Badlands National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature


— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Black Elk Peak and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail will get you outdoors. Take a break from Custer with a short trip to Black Hills Helicopters in Keystone, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, browse for treasures at The Farmer's Daughter, and enjoy unforgettable views with Black Hills Balloons.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in September, you will find days in Custer are slightly colder (71°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Lead.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, then take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Black Hills Mining Museum, then appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and finally get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lead online travel planner.

You can drive from Custer to Lead in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Lead due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Lead are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lead

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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.