8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
bus:  1​h
1
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Custer
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Rapid City

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wall tour app .

Rapid City to Wall is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Prairie Homestead
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Adams House, then see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and finally shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Deadwood holiday maker .

Drive from Wall to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Wall to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wall in July, expect nights in Deadwood to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish
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Broken Boot Gold Mine ©
Broken Boot Gold Mine
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

4
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wind Cave National Park and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Insideout (in Hill City) and Rankin Ridge Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park). There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Deadwood in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 53°F in Custer. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, Keystone, Wind Cave National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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