22 days in South Dakota & Columbia Itinerary

22 days in South Dakota & Columbia Itinerary

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Mitchell
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De Smet
— 1 night
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Philip
— 2 nights
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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Columbia
— 13 nights

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Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. On the 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Corn Palace, then steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, then don't miss a visit to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, and finally look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mitchell trip planner.

New York City to Mitchell is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Mitchell is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in October, things will get slightly colder in Mitchell: highs are around 64°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to De Smet.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

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De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. On the 3rd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, then take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your De Smet trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Mitchell to De Smet takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Philip.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
De Smet Cemetery
De Smet Cemetery

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Philip

Philip ©
Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. On the 4th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, steep yourself in history at Prairie Homestead, take an in-depth tour of Delta-09 Missile Silo, then contemplate the long history of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Philip trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from De Smet to Philip takes 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from De Smet to Philip. In October, daily temperatures in Philip can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Philip

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Delta-09 Missile Silo
Highlights from your plan
Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Delta-09 Missile Silo ©
Delta-09 Missile Silo
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapel in the Hills and Adams House. You'll explore and learn at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries and Adams Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center (in Lead), D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery (in Spearfish) and Tatanka: Story of the Bison (in Deadwood). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

Plan trip to Rapid City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Philip to Rapid City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Columbia.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Deadwood, Hill City, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
The Journey Museum and Learning Center ©
The Journey Museum and Learning Center
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House

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Columbia

Columbia ©
A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
You'll explore and learn at South Carolina State Museum and Hendrick Motorsports Complex. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Michael's Church and Carolina Raptor Center. Get out of town with these interesting Columbia side-trips: Charleston (The Powder Magazine, Principle Gallery Charleston, &more), Rock Hill (Fountain Park & Museum of York County) and Historic Brattonsville (in McConnells). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Mint Museum Uptown, get engrossed in the history at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, steep yourself in history at Aiken County Historical Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of South Carolina State House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Columbia trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Columbia by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Rapid City to Columbia. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rapid City in October, with highs in Columbia at 78°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Columbia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Charleston, Charlotte, Augusta, Huntersville, Greenville
Highlights from your plan
Columbia Museum of Art ©
Columbia Museum of Art
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Historic Brattonsville ©
Historic Brattonsville

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