6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Custer
— 2 nights
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Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive
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Wall
— 2 nights
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Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get in touch with nature at Custer State Park and Wildlife Loop Road. Step out of Custer with an excursion to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs in Hot Springs--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, cruise along Needles Highway, and admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Custer trip planner.

Chicago to Custer is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Custer when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Deadwood

— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood journey planner.

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Wall

— 2 nights
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 23rd (Fri), look for gifts at Wall Drug, then stroll through Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Wall day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Deadwood in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Wall, with highs around 91°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Wall

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.