7 days in Midwest Itinerary

7 days in Midwest Itinerary

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7 days in Midwest Itinerary

Start: Valparaiso, Florida
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Branson
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Valparaiso, Florida

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and then trek along Presidential Trail.

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Valparaiso to Custer is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Valparaiso, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Custer, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Prairie Berry Winery
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Deadwood trip maker .

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House

1
night
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 8th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, then explore the galleries of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Deadwood to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Deadwood 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 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Branson

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 9th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from 165 Scenic Overlook and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Badlands National Park to Branson takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Branson. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Branson when traveling from Badlands National Park in July, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Branson

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park ©
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park
Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery ©

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