8 days in Rapid City & North Platte Itinerary

8 days in Rapid City & North Platte Itinerary

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8 days in Rapid City & North Platte Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
North Platte
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Rapid City
— 2 nights
End: Rapid City

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 8th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip planner .

Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Custer State Park, Mount Moriah Cemetery
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

3
nights
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near North Platte: Gothenburg (Original Pony Express Station & Museum & Wild Horse Golf Club) and Lake McConaughy (in Ogallala). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cody Park, steep yourself in history at Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard, and get engrossed in the history at Fort Cody Trading Post.

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Getting from Rapid City to North Platte by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to North Platte due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in North Platte

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gothenburg, Lake McConaughy
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Cody Park ©
Cody Park
Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard ©

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
Visit Chapel in the Hills and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Presidential Trail (in Keystone), Historic Old Town (in Deadwood) and Iron Mountain Road (in Custer). See even more of Rapid City: take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rapid City day trip planner .

Drive from North Platte to Rapid City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Iron Mountain Road, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Presidential Trail, Historic Old Town
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Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

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