8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Wall
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Black Hills National Forest and Custer State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Insideout (in Hill City) and Goodtyme Photo (in Keystone). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Jewel Cave National Monument, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Custer trip planning app .

New York City to Custer is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Custer hover around 73°F and lows are around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Keystone, Insideout
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
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. On the 3rd (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Scott Jacobs Studio, then engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, then appreciate the views at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, and finally take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, then contemplate the long history of Adams House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood sightseeing planner.

Getting from Custer to Deadwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spearfish, Lead
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Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
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 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and finally trek along Castle Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wall day trip planner .

Getting from Deadwood to Wall by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Wall is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Deadwood in July: highs in Wall hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

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