9 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Cheyenne Itinerary

9 days in Black Hills & Badlands & Cheyenne Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 day
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Rapid City
— 1 night
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Crazy Horse
— 1 night
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Cheyenne
— 4 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for little chillier days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Loop Road
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Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
4.9
Geologic Formation
Panorama Point Overlook
5.0

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 10th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, then look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

Make your Rapid City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Rapid City sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Crazy Horse.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
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Must see
Bear Country USA
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Neighborhood
Downtown Rapid City
4.5

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Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak and then pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Crazy Horse itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Crazy Horse takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rapid City in October, with highs in Crazy Horse at 57°F and lows at 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Mountain
Black Elk Peak
4.8

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Custer

Custer ©
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 12th (Mon): trek along Presidential Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then see the world from above with Black Hills Helicopters, then cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and finally cruise along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Custer road trip planning tool.

Custer is just a stone's throw from Crazy Horse. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Scenic Drive
Iron Mountain Road
4.9
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Scenic Drive
Wildlife Loop Road
4.6

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Cheyenne

Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Get out of town with these interesting Cheyenne side-trips: Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park), Denver (Denver Art Museum & Denver Botanic Gardens) and Estes Park (Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, Off-Road Tours, &more). There's more to do: have fun and explore at Wyoming State Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cheyenne planner.

Getting from Custer to Cheyenne by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Cheyenne sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 36°F at night. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Off-Road Tours
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Must see
Trail Ridge Road
4.9

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