3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Badlands National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Denver

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Badlands National Park trip simple and quick.

Denver to Badlands National Park is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Badlands National Park are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

2
nights
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 2nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, then explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Custer trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Custer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in June: high temperatures in Custer hover around 73°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Keystone
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Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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