10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Deadwood
— 1 night
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Custer
— 1 night
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North Platte
— 1 night
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Omaha
— 2 nights
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Des Moines
— 1 night
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Sioux Falls — 1 night

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. You've now added St. Joseph Cathedral to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, stroll around Falls Park, and then hike along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls day trip planning website.

Madison to Sioux Falls is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Rapid City.
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Rapid City — 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Loop Road, Badlands Wall, Bear Country USA, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and finally stop by Downtown Rapid City.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rapid City journey planner.

You can drive from Sioux Falls to Rapid City in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Deadwood.
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Deadwood — 1 night

Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Moriah Cemetery, Historic Old Town and Deadwood Model Train. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and then make a trip to Deadwood Model Train.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Deadwood trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Rapid City to Deadwood in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Deadwood. In October, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 38°F. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Custer.
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Custer — 1 night

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Needles Highway as well as Iron Mountain Road. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, then cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Custer trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Deadwood to Custer is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 34°F. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to North Platte.
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North Platte — 1 night

North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read North Platte trip planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to North Platte takes 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Custer, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in North Platte, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Omaha.
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Omaha — 2 nights

Gateway to the West

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Omaha day trip site.

You can drive from North Platte to Omaha in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Omaha when traveling from North Platte in October, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Des Moines.
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Des Moines — 1 night

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. You've now added Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden to your itinerary.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Des Moines sightseeing tool.

Getting from Omaha to Des Moines by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. October in Des Moines sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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