7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Denver

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, get answers to all your questions at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally do a tasting at Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood itinerary maker website .

Denver to Deadwood is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Deadwood is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Deadwood are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Black Hills National Forest and Needles Eye Tunnel. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Wind Cave National Park to see Wind Cave National Park about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak, and take a memorable drive along Needles Highway.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Custer online journey planner .

Getting from Deadwood to Custer by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Custer, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

South Dakota, Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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 20th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at White River Valley Overlook, and finally admire all the interesting features of Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park day trip website .

Getting from Custer to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in July, expect Badlands National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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