14 days in Rapid City, Scottsbluff & Chimney Rock Itinerary

14 days in Rapid City, Scottsbluff & Chimney Rock Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 6 nights
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Scottsbluff
— 5 nights
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Chimney Rock
— 2 nights
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Drive to Durango La Plata County Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Rapid City — 6 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Devils Tower (Devils Tower National Monument & Tower Trail), Custer (Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop Road, &more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, cruise along Loop Road, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens.

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New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Rapid City is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, Rapid City is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Scottsbluff.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Scottsbluff — 5 nights

Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Scottsbluff: Carhenge (in Alliance) and Pine Ridge National Recreation Area (in Chadron). Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Scotts Bluff National Monument. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Monument Valley Pathway, take an in-depth tour of Legacy of the Plains Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Riverside Discovery Center, and see the interesting displays at North Platte Valley Museum.

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Drive from Rapid City to Scottsbluff in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Rapid City in June, expect nights in Scottsbluff to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll travel to Chimney Rock.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Chimney Rock — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument.

Before you visit Chimney Rock, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Scottsbluff to Chimney Rock takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for home on the 5th (Tue).
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