15 days in Lakeville, Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

15 days in Lakeville, Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

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15 days in Lakeville, Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Lakeville
— 9 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Lakeville


Lakeville ©
Lakeville is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. Family-friendly places like Minnesota Zoo and Apple Valley Aquatic Center will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lakeville: Montgomery Brewing (in Montgomery) and Next Chapter Winery (in New Prague). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Lakeville Area Art Center, stroll around Central Park, relax in the rural setting at AppleWood Orchard, and have some family-friendly fun at Battle Axed.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lakeville trip planner.

August in Lakeville sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Lakeville

Theme Parks Parks Golf

Side Trips

Apple Valley, Montgomery Brewing, Watt Munisotaram, Central Park, Next Chapter Winery
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Apple Valley Aquatic Center ©
Apple Valley Aquatic Center
Minnesota Zoo ©
Minnesota Zoo
Watt Munisotaram ©
Watt Munisotaram

Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You've now added Dinosaur Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, then learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at Storybook Island.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City day trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Lakeville to Rapid City with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lakeville in August, you will find days in Rapid City are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Mount Moriah Cemetery
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island
Dinosaur Park ©
Dinosaur Park


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 as well as Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 26th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Rush Mountain Adventure Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then trek along Presidential Trail, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Keep things going the next day: go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum, and then get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Keystone road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Lakeville to Keystone with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lakeville to Keystone. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Keystone when traveling from Lakeville in August, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Needles Eye Tunnel, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures