3 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

3 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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3 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Rochester
+3
bus + foot + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
1
Custer
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Lead
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + shuttle:  6​h
End: Rochester

few
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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): trek along Sunday Gulch Trail and then learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Custer trip itinerary site .

Rochester to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Rochester to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rochester in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Custer, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lead.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©

1
night
Lead

Lead ©
Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): get advice or help at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, explore and take pictures at Broken Boot Gold Mine, then immerse yourself in nature at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lead online trip maker .

Drive from Custer to Lead in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Lead due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Lead are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Lead

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Broken Boot Gold Mine, Bridal Veil Falls
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Broken Boot Gold Mine ©
Broken Boot Gold Mine
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

1
night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then hike along Saddle Pass Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip builder .

Traveling by car from Lead to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from Lead to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lead, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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