8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota holiday planner

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Make it your trip
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive
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Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park

— 1 night
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Burns Basin Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Fort Myers to Badlands National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Myers to Badlands National Park is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Fort Myers in July since evenings lows in Badlands National Park dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see the interesting displays at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, then learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and finally stop by Downtown Rapid City.

Start your trip to Rapid City by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rapid City in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, you will find days in Rapid City are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Deadwood

— 2 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then steep yourself in history at Adams House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and then take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood trip planning website.

You can drive from Rapid City to Deadwood in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Deadwood. In July, daytime highs in Deadwood are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer

— 3 nights
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 23rd (Thu): do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, and then learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Custer route planner.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Custer takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Deadwood in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Custer, with lows around 53°F. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.