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

— 3 nights
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), Medoc Mountain State Park (in Hollister) and Robertson Millpond Preserve (in Wendell). 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

Rapid City

— 5 nights

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 Wildlife Loop Road. Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Adams House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Black Hills National Forest, &more), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Presidential Trail) and Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, look for gifts at Christmas Village Store, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Wake Forest to Rapid City with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Wake Forest in May, with highs in Rapid City at 65°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Philip.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Philip

— 3 nights
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 Panorama Point Overlook. Get out of town with these interesting Philip side-trips: Delta-09 Missile Silo (in Wall), Badlands National Park (in Interior) and Badlands National Park (Big Badlands Overlook, Badlands Wall, &more).

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

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 5 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like St. Joseph Cathedral and Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie. Appreciate the collections at Redlin Art Center and George and Eleanor McGovern Library. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sioux Falls: Mitchell (Corn Palace & Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village), Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes (in De Smet) and Watertown (Terry Redlin Museum & Mellette House). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Falls Park, trek along SculptureWalk & Arc of Dreams Monument, don't miss a visit to Michelangelo's David replica, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sioux Falls Bike Trails.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sioux Falls day trip planning website.

You can drive from Philip to Sioux Falls in 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Philip to Sioux Falls. In May, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.