13 days in Iowa City, Black Hills & Badlands & Steamboat Springs Itinerary

13 days in Iowa City, Black Hills & Badlands & Steamboat Springs Itinerary

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Iowa City
— Few hours
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Deadwood
— 1 night
4
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
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Wall
— 4 nights

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Iowa City

Iowa City ©
Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the galleries of Old Capitol Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Iowa City trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Iowa City. In July in Iowa City, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Iowa City

Historic Sites Museums
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Old Capitol Museum ©
Old Capitol Museum

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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.
Kids will enjoy Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wildlife Loop Road. Get outdoors at Needles Eye Tunnel and Horseback Riding Tours. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Keystone to see Presidential Trail about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Iowa City to Custer with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Iowa City to Custer is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Iowa City in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Custer. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Prairie Berry Winery, Needles Highway
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Adams House, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, thenexamine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Deadwood visit planner.

You can drive from Custer to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Deadwood are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Historic Old Town
Historic Old Town
Adams House ©
Adams House

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nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Escape the urban bustle at Fish Creek Falls and The Beach at Grand Lake. Kids will enjoy Strawberry Park Hot Springs and Holy Name Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Steamboat Springs: Never Summer Mountain Products (in Grand Lake) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Kremmling). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with an extreme tour, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, grab your bike and head to Steamboat Ski Resort, and identify plant and animal life at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs trip app.

You can fly from Deadwood to Steamboat Springs in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Steamboat Springs. Traveling from Deadwood in July, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Steamboat Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Wall.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Grand Lake, River Rafting & Tubing
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Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
River Rafting & Tubing

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Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kids will appreciate attractions like Loop Road and Roberts Prairie Dog Town. Get outdoors at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Big Badlands Overlook. Explore Wall's surroundings by going to Badlands National Park (Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, Notch Trail, &more). Spend the 28th (Tue) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Wall road trip planning website.

Fly from Steamboat Springs to Wall in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in July; daily highs in Wall reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Badlands National Park
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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ©
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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