5 days in Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

5 days in Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

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5 days in Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Sioux Falls
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Sioux Falls

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 13th (Wed): examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Pawnseum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Geology, then get engrossed in the history at Days of '76 Museum, and finally get answers to all your questions at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City online trip itinerary builder .

Sioux Falls to Rapid City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Keystone.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Deadwood, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
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Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center ©
Days of '76 Museum ©
Days of '76 Museum

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, learn more about the world around you at Native American Educational and Cultural Center, then browse for treasures at The Farmer's Daughter, then stop by Granite Sports, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Wades Gold Mill, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Warrior's Work & Ben West Gallery.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone online vacation planner .

Keystone is just a stone's throw from Rapid City. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rapid City in June: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 73°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hill City, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Black Hills National Forest
Highlights from your plan
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Wades Gold Mill ©
Wades Gold Mill
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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