4 days in Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

4 days in Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

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4 days in Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  4​h
1
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Custer
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Salt Lake City

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.
On the 24th (Tue), go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and then stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile.

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Salt Lake City to Rapid City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in September; daily highs in Rapid City reach 75°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Rapid City

Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Big Thunder Gold Mine
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Alex Johnson Mercantile ©
Alex Johnson Mercantile
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

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 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, then take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, and then explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Custer trip app .

You can drive from Rapid City to Custer in an hour. Traveling from Rapid City in September, plan for little chillier nights in Custer, with lows around 45°F. On the 27th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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