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: Rapid City
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Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Crazy Horse
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Deadwood
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Rapid City

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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 Mount Rushmore National Memorial to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Berlin Wall Exhibit, admire all the interesting features of Big Thunder Gold Mine, then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and finally explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, contemplate the waterfront views at Pactola Lake, take in breathtaking views at Canyon Lake Park, then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and finally do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Pactola Lake
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

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Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse
To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Crazy Horse road trip website .

Rapid City to Crazy Horse is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle. Traveling from Rapid City in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in Crazy Horse. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Nature Parks Museums

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Deadwood

Deadwood
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Step off the beaten path and head to Tower Trail and Adams House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Deadwood: Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy), Rogue's Gallery (in Hulett) and Devils Tower National Monument (in Devils Tower). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine, and get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Deadwood road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Crazy Horse to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Outdoors Nature

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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.
You've now added Wall Drug to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, trek along Saddle Pass Trail, trek along Castle Trail, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wall Drug, Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Needles Highway has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): hike along Sunday Gulch Trail, then explore and take pictures at Needles Highway, and then pause for some photo ops at Bicycle Sculpture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, and finally explore the activities along Legion Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Custer trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Badlands National Park to Custer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in October: highs in Custer hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 34°F. You will leave for home on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Needles Highway, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Bicycle Sculpture
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

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