23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
1
Rapid City
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Chamberlain
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
De Smet
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Rapid City

6
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Do your shopping at Wall Drug and Art Alley. Take a break from the city and head to Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Badlands Wall. Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Badlands National Park (in Interior), Badlands National Park (Loop Road, Yellow Mounds Overlook, & more) and Prairie Homestead (in Philip). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, examine the collection at Museum of Geology, admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip planning site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Rapid City. In September, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Philip, Wall, Armed Forces Display & Gifts, Badlands National Park
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Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Loop Road ©
Loop Road

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, and then try your luck at Cadillac Jack's Gaming Resort. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Adams House, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Roughlock Falls State Nature Area.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Deadwood itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Rapid City to Deadwood by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Deadwood

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area ©
Roughlock Falls State Nature Area
Adams House ©
Adams House

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, then pause for some photo ops at Bicycle Sculpture, and finally learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road and then take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Custer sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Deadwood to Custer in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Bicycle Sculpture
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

2
nights
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. On the 21st (Sat), look for gifts at Old West Trading Post, then take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum, then get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, and finally make a trip to Dignity. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at South Dakota Tractor Museum.

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You can drive from Custer to Chamberlain in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Chamberlain is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Custer in September: high temperatures in Chamberlain hover around 78°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trips

South Dakota Tractor Museum, Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
South Dakota Tractor Museum ©
South Dakota Tractor Museum
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, then pause for some photo ops at USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial, and finally view the masterpieces at Brandenburg Gallery - Luverne. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Washington Pavilion, make a trip to Michelangelo's David replica, and then trek along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sioux Falls day trip planner.

You can drive from Chamberlain to Sioux Falls in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Museums Parks Nightlife

Side Trips

Brandenburg Gallery - Luverne, Pipestone National Monument
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Do your shopping at Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery and Goodtyme Photo. Get in touch with nature at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Presidential Trail. Pack the 28th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Rush Mountain Adventure Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, examine the collection at Gutzon Borglum Historical Center, get engrossed in the history at Civilian Conservation Corps Museum of South Dakota, and learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Keystone takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sioux Falls to Keystone. Traveling from Sioux Falls in September, expect Keystone to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trip

Hill City
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Rush Mountain Adventure Park ©
Rush Mountain Adventure Park

3
nights
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Terry Redlin Museum, view the masterpieces at Redlin Art Center, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Wooden Legs Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then admire the striking features of Corn Palace, and then contemplate the long history of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our De Smet attractions planner.

Drive from Keystone to De Smet in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, De Smet is a bit warmer than Keystone - with highs of 78°F and lows of 53°F. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Watertown, Mitchell, Wooden Legs Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Redlin Art Center ©
Redlin Art Center
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial

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