14 days in Chicago & South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in Chicago & South Dakota Itinerary

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Chicago
— 6 nights
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights

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Chicago

Chicago ©

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Bring the kids along to The Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint Joseph (Silver Beach County Park, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, &more). There's lots more to do: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, take in the waterfront at Navy Pier, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and get to know the resident critters at Lincoln Park Zoo.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chicago trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chicago. In July, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. You'll set off for Rapid City on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

3
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Bear Country USA make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Custer (Sylvan Lake & Needles Eye Tunnel), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Breezy Point Picnic Area (in Keystone). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Storybook Island, meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City day trip site.

You can drive from Chicago to Rapid City in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 62°F in Rapid City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA

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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.
Attractions like Loop Road and Big Badlands Overlook make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook, hike along Notch Trail, and cruise along Sheep Mountain Table Road.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rapid City in July: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead ©
Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

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