11 days in Rapid City, Custer & Deadwood Itinerary

11 days in Rapid City, Custer & Deadwood Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota travel planner

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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 Wall Drug (in Wall) and Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall & Loop Road). 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.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and steep yourself in history at Adams House.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Deadwood attractions planner.

Getting from Custer to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips