8 days in Custer, Rapid City & Sioux Falls Itinerary

8 days in Custer, Rapid City & Sioux Falls Itinerary

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1
Custer
— 2 nights
2
Rapid City
— 3 nights
3
Sioux Falls
— 2 nights

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Custer route planning website.

New York City to Custer is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Custer to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Badlands National Park (Loop Road & Badlands Wall), Wall Drug (in Wall) and Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Custer to Rapid City in an hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Custer in June, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Wall Drug, Mount Moriah Cemetery
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 19th (Fri), get your game on at Escapades Escape Rooms, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, thenexplore the engaging exhibits at Stockyards Ag Experience, and finally stroll around Falls Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Rapid City to Sioux Falls in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Falls Park ©
Falls Park
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
SculptureWalk & The Arc of Dreams Sioux Falls ©

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