13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

13 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Custer — 3 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer sightseeing planner.

New York City to Custer is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In June, Custer is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Deadwood.
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. Deadwood is known for historic sites, museums, and casinos. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and appreciate the history behind Mt Roosevelt Monument.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood trip planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Wall.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Wall — 3 nights

Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Wall Drug, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, take an in-depth tour of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Wall trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Deadwood in June, you will find days in Wall are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.
Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Side Trips

Sioux Falls — 3 nights

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Venture out of the city with trips to Mitchell (Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle & Corn Palace). The adventure continues: walk around Falls Park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Wall to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails
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South Dakota travel guide

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.