17 days in Wake Forest & South Dakota Itinerary

17 days in Wake Forest & South Dakota Itinerary

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Wake Forest
— 3 nights
Drive to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport
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Rapid City
— 5 nights
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Philip
— 3 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 5 nights
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Wake Forest

Wake Forest is a town in Franklin and Wake counties in the U.S. Visiting Beaverdam Recreation Area and Downtown Wake Forest will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Wake Forest Historical Museum and Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Wake Forest: Clayton (Clemmons Educational State Forest & Clayton River Walk), Robertson Millpond Preserve (in Wendell) and Medoc Mountain State Park (in Hollister). There's still lots to do: hike along Forest Ridge Park, don't miss a visit to Laurel Mill, look for all kinds of wild species at Alpaca Dreams, and immerse yourself in nature at Falls Lake State Recreation Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wake Forest vacation planning website.

Durham to Wake Forest is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Wake Forest

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

5
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bear Country USA and Wind Cave National Park. Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Downtown Rapid City are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Presidential Trail), Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Wildlife Loop Road, &more) and Bridal Veil Falls (in Spearfish). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, look for gifts at Christmas Village Store, and view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wake Forest to Rapid City. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Wake Forest in May; daily highs in Rapid City reach 65°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Philip.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Philip

Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. Visit Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Prairie Homestead for their historical value. Bring the kids along to Loop Road and Big Badlands Overlook. Get out of town with these interesting Philip side-trips: Delta-09 Missile Silo (in Wall), Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall, Yellow Mounds Overlook, &more) and Badlands National Park (in Interior).

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Philip vacation planning website.

You can drive from Rapid City to Philip in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Philip can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Philip

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

5
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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like St. Joseph Cathedral and Falls Park. Appreciate the collections at Redlin Art Center and Stockyards Ag Experience. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: Mitchell (George and Eleanor McGovern Library, Corn Palace, &more), Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum & Mellette House) and De Smet (Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes & Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie). The adventure continues: trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, stroll through SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, and don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls route planner.

Traveling by car from Philip to Sioux Falls takes 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. May in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 46°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.