12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Badlands National Park
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Pringle
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
2
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Crazy Horse
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Hill City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Thermopolis

1
day
Pringle

Pringle ©
Pringle is a town in Custer County, South Dakota, United States. You've now added Bicycle Sculpture to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail, then pause for some photo ops at Bicycle Sculpture, then take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, and finally make a trip to The Gordon Stockade.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pringle trip planner.

Badlands National Park to Pringle is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in July, with highs in Pringle at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Pringle

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park, Custer
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Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park
The Gordon Stockade ©
The Gordon Stockade

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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Iron Mountain Road, Jewel Cave National Monument and Four Mile Old West Town. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Legion Lake and Sunday Gulch Trail. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and take a memorable drive along Needles Highway.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Custer day trip planning site .

Custer is just a stone's throw from Pringle. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Crazy Horse.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Needles Highway
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Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake

2
nights
Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): cruise along Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Crazy Horse trip itinerary planning app .

Crazy Horse is very close to Custer. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 53°F. You'll set off for Hill City on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, Harney Peak
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Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak

2
nights
Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, hike along Presidential Trail, then explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and finally look for gifts at Granite Sports.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hill City online day trip planner .

Hill City is just a short distance from Crazy Horse. In July in Hill City, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hill City

Theme Parks Parks Trails

Side Trip

Keystone
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Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Panorama Point Overlook. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and finally explore and take pictures at Yellow Mounds Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hill City to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Badlands National Park is somewhat warmer than Hill City - with highs of 91°F and lows of 60°F. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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