7 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

7 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Duluth
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Duluth

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, thenbrowse for treasures at The Farmer's Daughter, thenexplore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Wildlife Loop Road and then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Custer tour builder app.

Duluth to Custer is an approximately 7.5-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. Traveling from Duluth in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 53°F in Custer. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

The Farmer's Daughter, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
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 Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 25th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rapid City day trip planning website.

Drive from Custer to Rapid City in an hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Custer in July since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

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 26th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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