8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Toledo
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
De Smet
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
End: Toledo

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Escape the urban bustle at Black Hills National Forest and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. You'll explore and learn at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Take a break from Custer with a short trip to Presidential Trail in Keystone, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, view the masterpieces at Art Expressions, and explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Custer trip itinerary planning site .

Toledo to Custer is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In June, Custer is a bit cooler than Toledo - with highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mt Roosevelt Monument.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Deadwood trip site .

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood. In June, daytime highs in Deadwood are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, then browse the exhibits of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug.

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Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall. While traveling from Deadwood, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Wall, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

1
night
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, then make a trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, and finally take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the De Smet travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Wall to De Smet takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wall to De Smet. In June, daytime highs in De Smet are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You will leave for home on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

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