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

— 6 nights
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 The Haunted Galena Tour Company. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cedar Rapids: Prairie du Chien (Fur Trade Museum & Villa Louis), Independence (Wapsipinicon Mill and Museum & Cedar Rock State Park (Lowell Walter Residence)) and Pikes Peak State Park (in McGregor). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Brucemore, get outside with Cedar Rapids Kernels, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, and contemplate the long history of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Cedar Rapids trip itinerary planner.

Saint Louis to Cedar Rapids is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. When traveling from Saint Louis in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Cedar Rapids, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sioux Falls

— 6 nights
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Joseph Cathedral and Old Courthouse Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sioux Falls: Sioux City (Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center & Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center), Mitchell (Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, &more) and Porter Sculpture Park (in Montrose). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Pettigrew Home & Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Palisades State Park, do a tasting at Strawbale Winery, and walk around Veterans' Memorial Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Cedar Rapids to Sioux Falls takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 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

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

De Smet

— 2 nights
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 Ingalls 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 · Museums

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
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 Pinnacles Overlook. There's still lots to do: hike along Door Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Notch Trail, and explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park route planner.

Getting from De Smet to Badlands National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Belle Fourche.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Belle Fourche

— 2 nights
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. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, then get engrossed in the history at Tri-State Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Belle Fourche road trip app.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Belle Fourche in 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Belle Fourche. 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Keystone

— 4 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

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 Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail and Black Hills Balloons. Get out of town with these interesting Keystone side-trips: Museum of the Fur Trade (in Chadron), The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary (in Hot Springs) and Pactola Lake (in Silver City). And it doesn't end there: see the world from above with Black Hills Helicopters, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, look for gifts at Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, and contemplate the waterfront views at Legion Lake.

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 · Tours

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Adams House and Tatanka: Story of the Bison. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Deadwood (Days of '76 Museum, Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room, &more), Lead (Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center & Black Hills Mining Museum) and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame (in Sturgis). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, get engrossed in the history at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, see the interesting displays at The Journey Museum and Learning Center, and head outdoors with Main Street Square.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rapid City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Rapid City is just a short distance from Keystone. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Keystone in September since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.