11 days in Devils Tower & South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in Devils Tower & South Dakota Itinerary

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Devils Tower
— 2 nights
2
Rapid City
— 4 nights
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
4
Chamberlain
— 1 night
5
Watertown
— 1 night
6
Mitchell
— 1 night

2
nights
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
You've now added Devils Tower National Monument to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument, and then see the interesting displays at Crook County Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Rogue's Gallery, look for gifts at Devils Tower Trading Post, and then identify plant and animal life at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Devils Tower itinerary website.

New York City to Devils Tower is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Devils Tower is minus 2 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Devils Tower, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 37°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hulett, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, Crook County Museum
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Rogue's Gallery ©
Rogue's Gallery

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Appreciate the collections at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Iron Mountain Road. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park) and Custer (Black Hills National Forest, Custer State Park, &more). There's lots more to do: visit Downtown Rapid City, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rapid City attractions planner.

Getting from Devils Tower to Rapid City by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Badlands National Park can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): browse for treasures at Old West Trading Post, then get engrossed in the history at Akta Lakota Museum, then head outdoors with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and finally appreciate the history behind Dignity.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamberlain driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Chamberlain, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Chamberlain sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Watertown.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post

1
night
Watertown

Watertown ©
Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bramble Park Zoo, view the masterpieces at Redlin Art Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Terry Redlin Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Watertown Veterans Memorial.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Watertown day trip planning app.

Drive from Chamberlain to Watertown in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mitchell.

Things to do in Watertown

Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Watertown Veterans Memorial ©
Watertown Veterans Memorial
Bramble Park Zoo ©
Bramble Park Zoo

1
night
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop and then make a trip to Corn Palace.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mitchell online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Watertown to Mitchell takes 2.5 hours. October in Mitchell sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 40°F at night. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mitchell

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

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