8 days in Badlands National Park, Custer & Devils Tower Itinerary

8 days in Badlands National Park, Custer & Devils Tower Itinerary

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8 days in Badlands National Park, Custer & Devils Tower Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 45 min
1
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Devils Tower
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Seattle

3
nights
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.
Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: cruise along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Door Trail, and hike along Notch Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary planner.

Seattle to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Seattle in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

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Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

3
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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.
Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood), Spearfish Falls (in Savoy) and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and look for all kinds of wild species at Black Hills National Forest.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Custer day trip tool .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Badlands National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Custer: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mount Moriah Cemetery, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Spearfish Falls, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

1
night
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Devils Tower Trading Post, then explore and take pictures at Devils Tower National Monument, and then take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Devils Tower trip maker website .

Getting from Custer to Devils Tower by car takes about 2 hours. September in Devils Tower sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks Nature Shopping
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
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Devils Tower Trading Post

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