11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Madison
Drive:  13​h
1
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: Madison

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Art Expressions. Step out of the city life by going to Black Hills National Forest and Custer State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Elk Mountain Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and take a memorable drive along Needles Highway.

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

Madison to Custer is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Madison in July, plan for little chillier nights in Custer, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Prairie Berry Winery, Needles Highway, Elk Mountain Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 16th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, get engrossed in the history at Adams House, see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Deadwood attractions planning site .

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish, Spearfish Falls, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Highlights from your plan
Adams House ©
Adams House
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 18th (Thu), cruise along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wall sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Deadwood to Wall in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall. When traveling from Deadwood in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Wall, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

2
nights
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 20th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, and then immerse yourself in nature at Oakwood Lakes State Park.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our De Smet trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Wall to De Smet takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Wall in July, expect nights in De Smet to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 85°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Oakwood Lakes State Park
Highlights from your plan
Oakwood Lakes State Park ©
Oakwood Lakes State Park

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