3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

3 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly to McCarran International Airport, Drive to Bullhead City


Rapid City

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Loop Road as well as Wildlife Loop Road. Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel & Iron Mountain Road) and Keystone (Presidential Trail & Mount Rushmore National Memorial). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens and visit Downtown Rapid City.

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New York City to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Rapid City, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Rapid City to be a bit cooler, temps between 48°F and 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.