7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Superior
Drive:  36​h 30​min
1
Lead
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Lead
— Few hours
Drive:  11​h 30​min
End: Superior

2
nights
Lead

Lead ©
Lead is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lead trip builder site .

Superior to Lead is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Superior in July, expect nights in Lead to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Custer.

Things to do in Lead

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Scott Jacobs Studio
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Scott Jacobs Studio ©
Scott Jacobs Studio

1
night
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 17th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then get advice or help at Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, and finally take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

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Getting from Lead to Custer by car takes about 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lead to Custer. Traveling from Lead in July, plan for little chillier nights in Custer, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, then hike along Presidential Trail, then admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Keystone travel route planning app .

Traveling by car from Custer to Keystone takes an hour. July in Keystone sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, then meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, and finally get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City holiday app .

Rapid City is just a stone's throw from Keystone. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Keystone in July, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lead.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island
Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries ©

few
hours
Lead

Lead ©
To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Lead trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Rapid City to Lead in an hour. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lead

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Adams House
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Adams House ©
Adams House

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