18 days in South Dakota, North Dakota & Idaho Itinerary

18 days in South Dakota, North Dakota & Idaho Itinerary

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18 days in South Dakota, North Dakota & Idaho Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Custer
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Medora
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Boise
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Calgary

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Art Alley, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, then admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, and finally learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Dinosaur Park and then admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Rapid City trip itinerary app .

Calgary, Canada to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Calgary in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Rapid City: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Big Thunder Gold Mine
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South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

6
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'll explore and learn at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Insideout. Get some cultural insight at Prairie Berry Winery and Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Keystone to see Presidential Trail about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Custer travel planner .

You can drive from Rapid City to Custer in an hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rapid City in July, with highs in Custer at 31°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Hill City, Needles Highway, Bicycle Sculpture, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 26th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Deadwood trip planner .

Getting from Custer to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. July in Deadwood sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Medora.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Spearfish
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

3
nights
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at South Unit and Painted Canyon Overlook. Chateau de Mores and Harold Schafer Heritage Center will appeal to museum buffs. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Von Hoffman House and tee off at Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Medora trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Medora takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Boise.

Things to do in Medora

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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South Unit ©
South Unit
Theodore Roosevelt National Park ©
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook

4
nights
Boise

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Let the collections at Warhawk Air Museum and Basque Museum & Cultural Center capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Idaho Penitentiary and Williamson Orchard & Vineyard. Get out of town with these interesting Boise side-trips: Ste. Chapelle Winery (in Caldwell) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Stanley). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Boise River Greenbelt, get curious at Discovery Center of Idaho, stop by Cravin's Candy Emporium, and learn about winemaking at Telaya Wine Co..

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Boise trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Medora to Boise by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Medora in July, expect Boise to be a bit warmer, temps between 40°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Boise

Outdoors Museums Adventure

Side Trips

Caldwell, Telaya Wine Co., Warhawk Air Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Boise River Greenbelt ©
Boise River Greenbelt
Boise Escape ©
Boise Escape

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