11 days in Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

11 days in Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

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11 days in Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
1
Rapid City
— 7 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Rapid City

7
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Wades Gold Mill and Tatanka: Story of the Bison are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail and Door Trail. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to The Museum @ Black Hills Institute (in Hill City), D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery (in Spearfish) and Badlands National Park (Notch Trail, Big Badlands Overlook, & more). And it doesn't end there: trot along with a tour on horseback, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, and steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City itinerary app .

In July in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Custer, Philip, Hill City, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rush Mountain Adventure Park. On the 28th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Rush Mountain Adventure Park and then explore the activities along Legion Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Keystone trip planner .

Keystone is just a stone's throw from Rapid City. Traveling from Rapid City in July, expect Keystone to be little chillier, temps between 31°C and 13°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Custer
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Legion Lake ©
Legion Lake
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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