5 days in South Dakota & Iowa Itinerary

5 days in South Dakota & Iowa Itinerary

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Rapid City
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Dubuque
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Rapid City

Rapid City ©

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 Iron Mountain Road (in Custer), Keystone (Black Hills Helicopters, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, &more) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rapid City day trip planning website.

Cleveland to Rapid City is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to Rapid City is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cleveland in October, Rapid City is slightly colder at night with lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park day trip tool.

You can drive from Rapid City to Badlands National Park in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive · Parks
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., see the interesting displays at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and then walk around Eagle Point Park.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dubuque vacation maker site.

Fly from Badlands National Park to Dubuque in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Dubuque, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co. ©
Fenelon Place Elevator Co.
Eagle Point Park ©
Eagle Point Park

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