5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

5 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 1 day
Drive
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Keystone
— 1 night
Drive
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Custer
— 1 night
Drive
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Buffalo Gap
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive

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Rapid City

— 1 day

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rapid City attractions tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Rapid City. In November, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then trek along Presidential Trail, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Halley's 1880 Store.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Keystone day trip planner.

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. Traveling from Rapid City in November, expect little chillier with lows of 23°F in Keystone. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Shopping

Custer

— 1 night
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 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, take in the exciting artwork at Art Expressions, and then pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Custer tour itinerary planning app.

Drive from Keystone to Custer in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Custer are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Buffalo Gap.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Buffalo Gap

— 1 night
Buffalo Gap is a town in Custer County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll through Elk Mountain Nature Trail, Head underground at Wind Cave National Park, then trek along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at Windcross Conservancy.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Buffalo Gap itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Custer to Buffalo Gap takes an hour. November in Buffalo Gap sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Buffalo Gap

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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 10th (Sun): cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally browse the different shops at Wall Drug.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park travel planner.

Drive from Buffalo Gap to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip