8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Manitou Springs
Drive:  8​h
1
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Manitou Springs

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 1st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Black Hill National Cemetery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Deadwood trip planner .

Manitou Springs to Deadwood is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Manitou Springs to Deadwood is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Spearfish, Black Hill National Cemetery
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Black Hill National Cemetery ©
Black Hill National Cemetery

1
night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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 3rd (Tue): hike along Castle Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Homestead Overlook, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park travel route planning website .

Getting from Deadwood to Badlands National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Deadwood in September, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Homestead Overlook ©
Homestead Overlook
White River Valley Overlook ©
White River Valley Overlook
Bigfoot Pass Overlook ©
Bigfoot Pass Overlook

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.
You'll explore and learn at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Art Expressions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Four Mile Old West Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Elk Mountain Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park) and Angostura Recreation Area (in Hot Springs). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, hike along Little Devil's Tower Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harney Peak, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

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Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Custer, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Hot Springs, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Harney Peak, Elk Mountain Nature Trail
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The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Angostura Recreation Area ©
Angostura Recreation Area
Harney Peak ©
Harney Peak

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