9 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

9 days in Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Deadwood
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Loop Road and Door Trail. Attractions like Notch Trail and Big Badlands Overlook make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, don't miss a visit to Pinnacles Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park vacation planner.

New York City to Badlands National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Badlands National Park, with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Deadwood

— 3 nights
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mount Moriah Cemetery and Historic Old Town. Step off the beaten path and head to Broken Boot Gold Mine and Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. Step out of Deadwood with an excursion to Roughlock Falls State Nature Area in Lead--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, look for gifts at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and don't miss a visit to Mt Roosevelt Monument.

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

Drive from Badlands National Park to Deadwood in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Deadwood, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect nights in Deadwood to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Bring the kids along to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wildlife Loop Road. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Breezy Point Picnic Area. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Custer trip maker.

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Custer due to the time zone difference. June in Custer sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips