28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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Cedar Rapids
— 6 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 6 nights
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De Smet
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Belle Fourche
— 2 nights
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Keystone
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
— 4 nights

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Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Motorcycle Museum and Villa Louis. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cedar Rapids: Independence (Wapsipinicon Mill and Museum & Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence)), Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor) and Fur Trade Museum (in Prairie du Chien). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Brucemore, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dickeyville Grotto, contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, and deepen your understanding of the past and present with The Haunted Galena Tour Company.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cedar Rapids trip planner.

Saint Louis to Cedar Rapids is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Saint Louis in September, expect nights in Cedar Rapids to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Dubuque, Galena, Independence, West Branch, Prairie du Chien
Highlights from your plan
National Motorcycle Museum ©
National Motorcycle Museum
Brucemore ©
Brucemore

6
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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Joseph Cathedral and Pettigrew Home & Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose), Sioux City (Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center & Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center) and Mitchell (Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, &more). There's still lots to do: trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, do a tasting at Strawbale Winery, take an in-depth tour of Old Courthouse Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls online tour planner.

You can drive from Cedar Rapids to Sioux Falls in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In September, daytime highs in Sioux Falls are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mitchell, Sioux City, Pipestone, Porter Sculpture Park, Palisades State Park
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral
Pettigrew Home & Museum ©
Pettigrew Home & Museum
Old Courthouse Museum ©
Old Courthouse Museum

2
nights
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Herman State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Oakwood Lakes State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes, take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the De Smet driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Sioux Falls to De Smet in 2 hours. September in De Smet sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Oakwood Lakes State Park, Lake Herman State Park
Highlights from your plan
Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes ©
Laura Ingles Wilder Historic Homes
De Smet Depot Museum ©
De Smet Depot Museum

3
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roberts Prairie Dog Town and Notch Trail. There's much more to do: trek along Door Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, and explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from De Smet to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from De Smet to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. In September in Badlands National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Belle Fourche.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Pinnacles Overlook ©
Pinnacles Overlook

2
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Belle Fourche

Belle Fourche ©
Belle Fourche is a city in and the county seat of Butte County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Roughlock Falls Nature Area, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and then make a trip to Center of the Nation Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, see the interesting displays at Tri-State Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Belle Fourche route maker site.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Belle Fourche in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in September, you will find days in Belle Fourche are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Belle Fourche

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish, Roughlock Falls Nature Area
Highlights from your plan
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center ©
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery ©
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery

4
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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Black Hills Helicopters and Museum of the Fur Trade. Get out of town with these interesting Keystone side-trips: Pactola Lake (in Silver City), The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary (in Hot Springs) and Custer (Legion Lake, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Horse Thief Lake, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coolidge, and take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone travel route planner.

You can drive from Belle Fourche to Keystone in 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Keystone can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Pactola Lake, Black Elk Peak, Museum of the Fur Trade, The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills Helicopters ©
Black Hills Helicopters
Museum of the Fur Trade ©
Museum of the Fur Trade
Horse Thief Lake ©
Horse Thief Lake

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Journey Museum and Learning Center and Black Hills Mining Museum. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Deadwood (Days of '76 Museum, Tatanka: Story of the Bison, &more), Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame (in Sturgis) and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center (in Lead). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, take an in-depth tour of America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, and get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip builder app.

Rapid City is just a stone's throw from Keystone. Traveling from Keystone in September, Rapid City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Deadwood, Lead, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Highlights from your plan
Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison
The Journey Museum and Learning Center ©
The Journey Museum and Learning Center
Adams House ©
Adams House

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