5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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5 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Reptile Gardens and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Storybook Island (in Rapid City), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Big Thunder Gold Mine (in Keystone). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Four Mile Old West Town, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Custer online tour itinerary planner .

Minneapolis to Custer is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Custer. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, Custer is a bit cooler at night with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Rapid City, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): browse the different shops at Wall Drug, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around 91°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

#Nature, #Scenic Drive, #Parks

Side Trip

Wall Drug
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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