6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Beatrice
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Beatrice

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.
Cosmos Mystery Area has been added to your itinerary. Step out of Custer with an excursion to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs in Hot Springs--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Custer travel tool .

Beatrice to Custer is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Beatrice to Custer. Traveling from Beatrice in July, expect Custer to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Cosmos Mystery Area, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park trip planner .

Getting from Custer to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Custer in August, with highs in Badlands National Park at 87°F and lows at 58°F. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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