11 days in Rapid City, Custer & Deadwood Itinerary

11 days in Rapid City, Custer & Deadwood Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 4 nights
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Deadwood
— 3 nights
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Rapid City — 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall & Loop Road) and Wall Drug (in Wall). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, stop by Downtown Rapid City, get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lost Cabin Beer Co..

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner.

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. June in Rapid City sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Custer.
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Custer — 4 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Keystone (Presidential Trail & Black Hills Helicopters). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills National Forest, and take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Custer online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rapid City to Custer in an hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Rapid City in June, with highs in Custer at 73°F and lows at 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for Deadwood.
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Deadwood — 3 nights

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Deadwood: Devils Tower (Tower Trail, Devils Tower National Monument, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, explore the galleries of Adams House, and get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the Deadwood travel planner.

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In June in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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