11 days in Devils Tower & South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in Devils Tower & South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in Devils Tower & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Devils Tower
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Watertown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Mitchell
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: New York City

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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail, contemplate the geological forces 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.

For photos and other tourist information, read our Devils Tower itinerary maker site .

New York City to Devils Tower is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from New York City to Devils Tower, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in October, you will find days in Devils Tower are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are colder (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Suzie Cappa Art Center will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Black Hills National Forest. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Custer State Park, & more) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, and see the interesting displays at South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Devils Tower to Rapid City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

To find 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 take a bus. 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 Wildlife Outdoors
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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 see traveler tips, reviews, photos, 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.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, 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

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Bramble Park Zoo ©
Bramble Park Zoo
Watertown Veterans Memorial ©
Watertown Veterans Memorial

1
night
Mitchell

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

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mitchell journey planning app .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mitchell

Museums Shopping
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Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

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