6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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6 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Get outdoors at Black Hills National Forest and Wildlife Loop Road. Take a break from Custer with a short trip to Wind Cave National Park in Wind Cave National Park, about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Custer route maker site .

Minneapolis to Custer is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Custer, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Wind Cave National Park
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, then browse the exhibits of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, then appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, then examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Deadwood trip planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Deadwood sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lead, Spearfish
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wall tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Deadwood to Wall in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall. When traveling from Deadwood in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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