10 days in Rapid City, Detroit & East Chicago Itinerary

10 days in Rapid City, Detroit & East Chicago Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

10 days in Rapid City, Detroit & East Chicago Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Detroit
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
East Chicago
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Devils Tower (Tower Trail & Devils Tower National Monument) and Sylvan Lake (in Custer). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, browse the different shops at Wall Drug, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, and get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip builder website .

Chicago to Rapid City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect little chillier with lows of 53°F in Rapid City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Devils Tower, Wall Drug, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Sylvan Lake, Loop Road
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

4
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Detroit side-trips: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland (in Frankenmuth), Applewood Estate (in Flint) and Cedar Point (in Sandusky). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Detroit Institute of Arts, see the interesting displays at The Henry Ford, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the striking features of The Guardian Building.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Detroit trip builder .

Getting from Rapid City to Detroit by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rapid City to Detroit due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rapid City in October, Detroit is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to East Chicago.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dearborn, Cedar Point, Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, Applewood Estate
Highlights from your plan
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Motown Museum ©
Motown Museum

1
night
East Chicago

East Chicago
East Chicago is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Savannah Trail.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the East Chicago tour itinerary planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Detroit to East Chicago. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in East Chicago

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Oak Savannah Trail

Similar Plans

13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Portland & Seattle BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Rapid City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Rapid City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans