8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and National Presidential Wax Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Art Expressions. Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Insideout (in Hill City), Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap) and Presidential Trail (in Keystone). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, and explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Custer planning tool .

Minneapolis to Custer is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Custer when traveling from Minneapolis in July, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 (Thu): view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and finally explore and take pictures at Broken Boot Gold Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Deadwood holiday maker .

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Deadwood are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

1
night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, then get engrossed in the history at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally browse the different shops at Wall Drug.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Wall trip itinerary site .

Drive from Deadwood to Wall in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Deadwood in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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