5 days in Albuquerque & Rapid City Itinerary

5 days in Albuquerque & Rapid City Itinerary

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5 days in Albuquerque & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
On the 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve and then engage your brain at Bradbury Science Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque tour builder .

Phoenix to Albuquerque is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in July; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 91°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Fe, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bradbury Science Museum
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Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills, learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, and finally view the masterpieces at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Adams House, and finally do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery.

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You can fly from Albuquerque to Rapid City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, plan for little chillier nights in Rapid City, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Deadwood, Prairie Berry Winery, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
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Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

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