9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Rapid City
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Deadwood
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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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.
Wounded Knee Massacre Monument has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Wounded Knee Massacre Monument, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rapid City route builder tool.

Green Bay to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Bear Country USA ©
Must see
Bear Country USA
4.4
Sylvan Lake ©
Water Body
Sylvan Lake
4.8

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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 26th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road and then explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Custer takes an hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rapid City in May, with highs in Custer at 59°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Iron Mountain Road ©
Scenic Drive
Iron Mountain Road
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Natural History Museum
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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2
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Deadwood

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, take a memorable drive along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Adams House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Deadwood road trip app.

Drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

3
nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Corn Palace, Badlands Ranch Store and Fossil Exhibit Trail. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Corn Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, hike along Fossil Exhibit Trail, then stop by Badlands Ranch Store, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park day trip app.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Deadwood in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Trails

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Badlands Wall ©
Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Geologic Formation
Yellow Mounds Overlook
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