26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Des Moines
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Saint Louis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Kansas City
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
7
Hot Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Badlands National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Sioux Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Omaha

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.
Attractions like Reptile Gardens and Storybook Island make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Deadwood (Adams House, Adams Museum, & more), Spearfish (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Bridal Veil Falls, & more) and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center (in Lead). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip planning app .

Omaha to Rapid City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Omaha to Rapid City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Omaha in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Rapid City, with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Deadwood, Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Storybook Island ©
Storybook Island

2
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.
On the 21st (Sun), go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. On your second day here, hike along Presidential Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Keystone route planner .

Keystone is just a short distance from Rapid City. Traveling from Rapid City in July, expect Keystone to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Prairie Berry Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

2
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 23rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Art Expressions and then Head underground at Jewel Cave National Monument.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer online tour planner .

Drive from Keystone to Custer in an hour. July in Custer sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

1
night
Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Blank Park Zoo and then make a splash at Adventureland.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Des Moines trip builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Des Moines in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Custer in July; daily highs in Des Moines reach 86°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Des Moines

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Adventureland
Highlights from your plan
Adventureland ©
Adventureland
Blank Park Zoo ©
Blank Park Zoo

2
nights
Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©
Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Saint Louis Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at City Museum. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at The Magic House, then experience rural life at Grant's Farm, then stroll around Forest Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saint Louis trip planner .

You can fly from Des Moines to Saint Louis in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Saint Louis are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Saint Louis Zoo ©
Saint Louis Zoo
City Museum ©
City Museum
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

2
nights
Kansas City

Kansas City ©
The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
On the 28th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kansas City Zoo, admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and then see the interesting displays at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Worlds Of Fun Oceans of Fun and then observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Kansas City.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kansas City route planner.

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Kansas City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Kansas City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kansas City Zoo ©
Kansas City Zoo
SEA LIFE Kansas City ©
SEA LIFE Kansas City
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art ©
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

3
nights
Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Hot Springs is a city in Fall River County, South Dakota, United States. Kids will enjoy Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Evans Plunge Mineral Springs. Get out of town with these interesting Hot Springs side-trips: Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park), Museum of the Fur Trade (in Chadron) and Crawford (Fort Robinson State Park & Trailside Museum of Natural History). There's still lots to do: get a taste of life in the country at The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Angostura Recreation Area, and explore and take pictures at Windcross Conservancy.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hot Springs online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kansas City to Hot Springs in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Hot Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kansas City in July, with highs in Hot Springs at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Crawford, Windcross Conservancy, Museum of the Fur Trade, Wind Cave National Park
Highlights from your plan
Evans Plunge Mineral Springs ©
Evans Plunge Mineral Springs
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Museum of the Fur Trade ©
Museum of the Fur Trade

4
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Change things up with a short trip to Oglala Lakota College Historical Center in Kyle (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, don't miss a visit to Pinnacles Overlook, and take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hot Springs to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. In August, Badlands National Park is a bit warmer than Hot Springs - with highs of 87°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Oglala Lakota College Historical Center
Highlights from your plan
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook

3
nights
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. On the 6th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, then get a new perspective on nature at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, and finally stroll around Falls Park. On your second day here, hike along SculptureWalk Sioux Falls, then test your team's savvy at Escapades Escape Rooms, and then appreciate the history behind Pipestone National Monument.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Sioux Falls online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Badlands National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sioux Falls: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pipestone National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly House & Aquarium ©
Butterfly House & Aquarium
Falls Park ©
Falls Park

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