6 days in Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

6 days in Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

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6 days in Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Rapid City

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Chapel in the Hills has been added to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Adams House and Suzie Cappa Art Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Yellow Mounds Overlook. Venture out of the city with trips to Roughlock Falls State Nature Area (in Lead), Castle Trail (in Badlands National Park) and Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche). It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City day trip tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Rapid City. In September in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Adams House, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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.
On the 28th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Bicycle Sculpture, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elk Mountain Nature Trail, then trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak. Keep things going the next day: trek along Sunday Gulch Trail, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Custer day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Custer takes an hour. Traveling from Rapid City in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in Custer. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

South Dakota, Elk Mountain Nature Trail, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Bicycle Sculpture
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Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak
Black Hills ©
Black Hills
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

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