8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Prairie Berry Winery. Step out of the city life by going to Black Hills National Forest and Needles Eye Tunnel. Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Keystone (Presidential Trail & National Presidential Wax Museum). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, and explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Custer trip planner .

Chicago to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in August; daily highs in Custer reach 77°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Prairie Berry Winery, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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 5th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Spearfish Falls, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, steep yourself in history at Adams House, then get curious at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Deadwood trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Deadwood, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Spearfish Falls
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

2
nights
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, brush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Wall itinerary site .

You can drive from Deadwood to Wall in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Deadwood to Wall, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Deadwood in August, you will find days in Wall are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

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