3 days in Rapid City & Denver Itinerary

3 days in Rapid City & Denver Itinerary

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Rapid City
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Rapid City

— 1 day

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rapid City route planner.

New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Rapid City hover around 62°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly to Denver.

Things to do in Rapid City

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Denver, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and then trek along Mount Falcon Castle Trail. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hotel de Paris Museum and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Rapid City to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Childrens Museums · Classes · Trails

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