5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota trip planner

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Custer
— 1 day
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Lead
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Custer

— 1 day
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 22nd (Tue), stop by Granite Sports, then browse for treasures at Halley's 1880 Store, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Horse Thief Lake.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Custer road trip tool.

North Platte to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In September, Custer is slightly colder than North Platte - with highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lead.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Lead

— 2 nights
Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Black Hills Mining Museum, look for gifts at Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, then explore the galleries of Adams House, and finally trek along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Spearfish Falls, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Wild Bill's Trading Post on Main St., then raise your glass at Saloon #10 American Whiskey Bar, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lead trip planner.

Getting from Custer to Lead by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Lead can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Lead

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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 25th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then stroll through Castle Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook. On the next day, trek along Door Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Notch Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip maker site.

You can drive from Lead to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lead to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lead in September: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.