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: Milwaukee
Drive:  37​h
1
Wall
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
End: Milwaukee

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook and then don't miss a visit to Wall Drug. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Wall tour itinerary maker app .

Milwaukee to Wall is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Milwaukee to Wall is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Milwaukee, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wall, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Custer day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wall to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Wall in July, things will get little chillier in Custer: highs are around 80°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes GeoFunTrek Tours. Get in touch with nature at Presidential Trail and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Do some cultural sightseeing at Prairie Berry Winery and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. There's still lots to do: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Custer to Keystone takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Keystone can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hill City, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery
GeoFunTrek Tours ©
GeoFunTrek Tours
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

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