6 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

6 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Custer
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Rapid City
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Keystone
— 1 night
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Spearfish
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Deadwood
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Custer
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Custer

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Custer road trip planner.

North Platte to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from North Platte to Custer is minus 1 hour. In July, Custer is a bit cooler than North Platte - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cosmos Mystery Area as well as Reptile Gardens. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): meet the residents at Reptile Gardens and then have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Custer in July, Rapid City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 62°F. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games
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Cosmos Mystery Area ©
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Cosmos Mystery Area
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Keystone

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Keystone trip maker.

Keystone is very close to Rapid City. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in July; daily highs in Keystone reach 80°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Spearfish.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature
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Spearfish

Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Bridal Veil Falls as well as Roughlock Falls State Nature Area. On the 24th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and then admire the verdant scenery at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Spearfish trip tool.

You can drive from Keystone to Spearfish in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Spearfish is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Spearfish

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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Deadwood

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Your day by day itinerary now includes Deadwood Alive as well as Deadwood Model Train. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Wonderland Caves, then go deep underground at Broken Boot Gold Mine, then don't miss a visit to Deadwood Model Train, and finally add some entertainment to your itinerary with Deadwood Alive. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, then get great views at Mount Coolidge, and then explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Deadwood trip itinerary builder site.

Deadwood is just a short distance from Spearfish. In July, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks · Nature · Nightlife · Scenic Drive

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Wildlife Loop Road ©
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Wildlife Loop Road
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Custer

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Custer using our trip planner.

Getting from Deadwood to Custer by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Deadwood to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Deadwood in July since evenings lows in Custer dip to 53°F. You will leave for home on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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