9 days in Rapid City, Keystone & Custer Itinerary

9 days in Rapid City, Keystone & Custer Itinerary

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9 days in Rapid City, Keystone & Custer Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: Rapid City

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You've now added Chapel in the Hills to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Reptile Gardens and Dinosaur Park will thrill your kids. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood) and Badlands National Park (Loop Road & Badlands Wall). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Storybook Island, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rapid City planning tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Rapid City. July in Rapid City sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Mount Moriah Cemetery
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island
Dinosaur Park ©
Dinosaur Park

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 16th (Tue), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, and then get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. On the next day, hike along Presidential Trail, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone trip maker site .

Keystone is just a stone's throw from Rapid City. Traveling from Rapid City in July, things will get a bit cooler in Keystone: highs are around 80°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hill City
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Crazy Horse Memorial. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Jewel Cave National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and appreciate the history behind Bicycle Sculpture.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Custer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Custer takes an hour. July in Custer sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F at night. On the 21st (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Crazy Horse Memorial, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Bicycle Sculpture
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake

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