8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Lexington
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Wall
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Custer
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Lexington

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Prairie Homestead, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Wall day trip planner.

Lexington to Wall is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lexington to Wall due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lexington in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Wall, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Philip
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): shop like a local with Scott Jacobs Studio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then steep yourself in history at Adams House, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mt Roosevelt Monument. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then get a taste of the local shopping with Termesphere Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Deadwood trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Wall to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wall to Deadwood. While traveling from Wall, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Deadwood, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Spearfish
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House

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.
Visiting Black Hills National Forest and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Prairie Berry Winery and Art Expressions. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and Presidential Trail (in Keystone). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer online holiday maker .

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Custer can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Wind Cave National Park, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Prairie Berry Winery
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

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