7 days in Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

7 days in Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

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7 days in Rapid City & Custer Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Rapid City

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You've now added Chapel in the Hills to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Wall Drug (in Wall), Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall & Loop Road) and Devils Tower National Monument (in Devils Tower). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip itinerary app .

In May, daytime highs in Rapid City are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Wall Drug, Devils Tower National Monument
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Rapid City to Custer in an hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rapid City in May: high temperatures in Custer hover around 17°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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