8 days in Custer, Yellowstone National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

8 days in Custer, Yellowstone National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

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8 days in Custer, Yellowstone National Park & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Freedom
Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Custer
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Freedom

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Angostura Recreation Area, then admire the sheer force of Cascade Falls and Swimming Hole, and then learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Custer trip itinerary site .

Freedom to Custer is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Freedom to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Custer when traveling from Freedom in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hot Springs, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Harney Peak
Highlights from your plan
Angostura Recreation Area ©
Angostura Recreation Area
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

1
night
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Grand Loop Road, take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Custer to Yellowstone National Park by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Custer in September: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 60°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Storybook Island and Museum of Geology. Family-friendly places like Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center will thrill your kids. Take a break from Rapid City with a short trip to Broken Boot Gold Mine in Deadwood, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Rapid City takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 75°F and lows are around 53°F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Broken Boot Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf ©
Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center ©

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