12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

12 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip itinerary planner

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Custer
— 4 nights
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Deadwood
— 3 nights
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Wall
— 4 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Step off the beaten path and head to Black Elk Peak and Legion Lake. Take a break from Custer with a short trip to Angostura Recreation Area in Hot Springs, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills, trot along with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Brule, and explore the striking landscape of Black Hills National Forest.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Custer trip maker website.

Boston to Custer is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Boston in July since evenings lows in Custer dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 3 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Get some cultural insight at Tatanka: Story of the Bison and Black Hills Mining Museum. Let the collections at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Deadwood side-trips: Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead) and Devil Bathtub South Dakota (in Spearfish). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Days of '76 Museum, engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Deadwood online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Wall

— 4 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Notch Trail and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Museum-lovers will get to explore Delta-09 Missile Silo and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Explore Wall's surroundings by going to Badlands National Park (Door Trail, Panorama Point Overlook, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and contemplate the long history of Prairie Homestead.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Wall road trip planner.

You can drive from Deadwood to Wall in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in July: highs in Wall hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.