22 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Gardiner Itinerary

22 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Gardiner Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
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Custer
— 6 nights
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Deadwood
— 3 nights
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Gardiner
— 8 nights
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Badlands National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Hurley Butte Horseback Riding in Interior--about 40 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park day trip site.

Roanoke to Badlands National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Roanoke in June since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Custer

— 6 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Keystone (Presidential Trail, Rushmore Tramway Adventures, &more) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, and Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in June, with highs in Custer at 73°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 3 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Go for a jaunt from Deadwood to Lead to see Roughlock Falls State Nature Area about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, browse the exhibits of Adams House, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and make a trip to Mt Roosevelt Monument.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Deadwood trip app.

Getting from Custer to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. July in Deadwood sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Gardiner.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gardiner

— 8 nights
Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gardiner: Yellowstone National Park (Lost Lake Trail, Inspiration Point, &more). There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the natural beauty of Mammoth Hot Springs, hike along Bunsen Peak, and stroll through Osprey Falls Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gardiner road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Deadwood to Gardiner takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Deadwood in July, with highs in Gardiner at 77°F and lows at 39°F. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Gardiner

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip