8 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

8 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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8 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Presidential Trail (in Keystone) and Insideout (in Hill City). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and contemplate the long history of Peter Norbeck Visitors Center.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Custer trip planner .

New York City to Custer is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Custer due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Custer: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Insideout, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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 10th (Tue): cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, steep yourself in history at Adams House, stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Deadwood vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Deadwood sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House
Scott Jacobs Studio ©
Scott Jacobs Studio

3
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): shop like a local with Wall Drug, make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and finally cruise along Loop Road. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Wall road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Wall is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in September, expect nights in Wall to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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