22 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

22 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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22 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Hot Springs (The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary & Mammoth Site of Hot Springs), Keystone (Presidential Trail & Big Thunder Gold Mine) and Wind Cave National Park (Elk Mountain Nature Trail & Wind Cave National Park). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, trek along Sunday Gulch Trail, and take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip planner.

Chicago to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In October, Custer is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 57°F and lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Hill City, Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

8
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Deadwood: Spearfish (Devil Bathtub South Dakota & McNenny State Fish Hatchery), Belle Fourche (PaleoAdventures, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, & more) and Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, explore the galleries of Adams House, get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Deadwood online itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In October in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spearfish, Lead, Belle Fourche, Sturgis
Highlights from your plan
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

7
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Explore Wall's surroundings by going to Murdo (South Dakota's Original 1880 Town & Pioneer Auto Museum) and Badlands National Park (Panorama Point Overlook, Fossil Exhibit Trail, & more). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, and identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wall trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall. In November, daytime highs in Wall are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Murdo, Philip, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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