11 days in South Dakota, Lincoln & Omaha Itinerary

11 days in South Dakota, Lincoln & Omaha Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Custer
— 3 nights
3
Lincoln
— 2 nights
4
Omaha
— 3 nights

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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.
On the 27th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, thenexplore the striking landscape at Conata Basin Overlook, and finally stroll through Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Chicago to Badlands National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Badlands National Park. Traveling from Chicago in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Badlands National Park, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elk Mountain Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park) and Presidential Trail (in Keystone). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and cruise along Wildlife Loop Road.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Custer road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in June, expect Custer to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lincoln.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, The Farmer's Daughter, Needles Highway, Elk Mountain Nature Trail
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Lincoln side-trips: Ashland (Eugene T. Mahoney State Park & Cellar 426 Winery). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of American Speed, look for gifts at Baker's Candies, meet the residents at Lincoln Children's Zoo, and admire the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lincoln online tour planner.

Getting from Custer to Lincoln by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Custer in July, things will get a bit warmer in Lincoln: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Omaha.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ashland, Baker's Candies
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Museum of American Speed ©
Museum of American Speed
Sunken Gardens ©
Sunken Gardens
Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum ©
Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

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Omaha

Omaha ©
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Joslyn Art Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Henry Doorly Zoo, thenadmire the natural beauty at Lauritzen Gardens Omaha's Botanical Center, and finally look for gifts at Old Market Candy Shop. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Old Market, get engrossed in the history at The Durham Museum, thentry to win big at Horseshoe Council Bluffs, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kanesville Tabernacle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Omaha driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lincoln to Omaha takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. July in Omaha sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Council Bluffs
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Henry Doorly Zoo ©
Henry Doorly Zoo
Horseshoe Council Bluffs ©
Horseshoe Council Bluffs
Old Market ©
Old Market

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