9 days in Hudson, Black Hills & Badlands & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

9 days in Hudson, Black Hills & Badlands & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Hudson
— 1 day
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Drive to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Custer
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Spearfish
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Hudson

— 1 day
Hudson is a city in Summit County, Ohio, United States. On the 31st (Sat), admire the sheer force of Chagrin Waterfalls, take in the dramatic scenery at Brandywine Falls, and then head outdoors with Canal Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hudson road trip planner.

Cleveland to Hudson is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cleveland in July since evenings lows in Hudson dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Hudson

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 1st (Sun), view the masterpieces at Insideout, then delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake, admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, and finally Head underground at Wind Cave National Park.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hudson to Custer. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Hudson to Custer. Expect little chillier evenings in Custer when traveling from Hudson in July, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Spearfish.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Spearfish

— 2 nights
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine, and then steep yourself in history at Adams House.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Spearfish day trip website.

Getting from Custer to Spearfish by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Custer to Spearfish, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Spearfish can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like West Thumb Geyser Basin and Uncle Tom's Trail. Attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, trek along Lone Star Geyser, take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail, and stroll through Fountain Paint Pot.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Spearfish to Yellowstone National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Spearfish to Yellowstone National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Spearfish in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors