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good time to visit

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good time to visit

we are wondering when is a good time to visit custer and the badlands etc. we are thinking of anytime between late august thru september. would like to avoid crowds as much as possible. we have to be home mid sept. for a wedding. so that complicates it a bit.

any suggestions or comments?

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more info to above post. we like to do nature type things. want to go when the wildlife is around. prefer to avoid the round up end of sept. will not be traveling with kids. length of trip is flexible at this point

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Right after Labor day might be a good time since all the schools will be back in session. You might even find some good deals over Labor Day and the first week of September.

For wildlife then go to Custer SP and drive the wildlife loop.

Check out the website or order a travel guide for the Black Hills area at-


Enjoy your trip!

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I also like the area in late August, after the Sturgis Bike Rally. Rates drop in some places, as do the crowds, as some schools go back even prior to Labor Day.

Here's a list of my must sees for the area:


Mt Rushmore

Crazy Horse

Wind Cave

Jewel Cave.

Custer State Park

Devil's Tower

These sights would take around 5 days or so, and once you look at the trip planner PeachBelle mentioned, you will probably add a few more.

Have a good time, and let us know if you have more questions.

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As PeachBelle8288 mentioned, traveling to South Dakota would be best after Labor Day. All the attractions will still be open, but there won’t be as many crowds after the holiday weekend.

I would also suggest looking at TravelSD.com for more details on different attractions in South Dakota. In addition to slrtravelplanner advice, if you enjoy outdoors and nature also look into Mickelson Trail in Hill City.

Good luck with your planning and I hope you enjoy your trip to South Dakota!

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