4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

4 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota route planner

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Rapid City
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Washington


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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Iron Mountain Road & Custer State Park), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). The adventure continues: stroll through Bear Country USA, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip planner.

Washington to Rapid City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Rapid City is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington in October; daily highs in Rapid City reach 62°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips


— 1 night
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Deadwood trip builder tool.

You can drive from Rapid City to Deadwood in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. October in Deadwood sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 38°F at night. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites
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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.