1 day in South Dakota Itinerary

1 day in South Dakota Itinerary

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Rapid City

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 29th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rapid City tour planner.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in Rapid City reach 54°F and lows reach 33°F. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

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South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.