7 days in Custer City & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

7 days in Custer City & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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7 days in Custer City & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Drive:  3 h
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Custer City
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  9 h 15 min
2
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Spearfish
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hill City
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
5
Keystone
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Pittsburgh

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Custer City

Custer City ©
To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Custer City vacation app .

Pittsburgh to Custer City is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from Pittsburgh in September, Custer City is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Custer City

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Penn Brad Oil Museum ©
Penn Brad Oil Museum

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get in touch with nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Loop Road. Downtown Rapid City and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Custer State Park & Wildlife Loop Road), Wall Drug (in Wall) and Bicycle Sculpture (in Pringle). There's more to do: brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum and admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills.

For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip itinerary builder .

Explore your travel options from Custer City to Rapid City with the Route module. Traveling from Custer City to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Spearfish.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trips

Custer, Loop Road, Wall Drug, Bicycle Sculpture, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Black Hill National Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Spearfish tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Spearfish takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September in Spearfish, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hill City.

Things to do in Spearfish

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Deadwood, Black Hill National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Black Hill National Cemetery ©
Black Hill National Cemetery

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Hill City

Hill City ©
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. On the 17th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, and then identify plant and animal life at Black Hills National Forest.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hill City holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Spearfish to Hill City takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Spearfish to Hill City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Hill City can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Hill City

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Custer
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Keystone day trip planner .

Keystone is just a short distance from Hill City. In September in Keystone, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

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