13 days in Rapid City, Custer & Devils Tower Itinerary

13 days in Rapid City, Custer & Devils Tower Itinerary

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13 days in Rapid City, Custer & Devils Tower Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
1
Rapid City
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Devils Tower
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Rapid City

7
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Devils Tower National Monument (in Devils Tower), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, view the masterpieces at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, and see the interesting displays at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Rapid City. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Devils Tower National Monument, Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
You've now added Custer State Park to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Custer trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Rapid City to Custer in an hour. In August, Custer is little chillier than Rapid City - with highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

3
nights
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Wind Circles, take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail, and then stop by Devils Tower Trading Post. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, then pause for some photo ops at Center of the Nation Monument, and then steep yourself in history at Vore Buffalo Jump.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Devils Tower trip planning site .

Drive from Rapid City to Devils Tower in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 56°F. On the 6th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belle Fourche, Vore Buffalo Jump, Crook County Museum
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Vore Buffalo Jump
Vore Buffalo Jump
Center of the Nation Monument ©
Center of the Nation Monument

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