6 days in Yankton & Rapid City Itinerary

6 days in Yankton & Rapid City Itinerary

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Yankton
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Yankton

— 1 night
Yankton is a city in, and the county seat of, Yankton County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): snap pictures at Meridian Highway Bridge, get all the information you need at Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, then see human ingenuity at work at Gavin's Point Dam, and finally stroll around Fantle Memorial Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yankton vacation maker tool.

Omaha to Yankton is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Yankton

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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Rapid City

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Loop Road. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Reptile Gardens and Downtown Rapid City. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Badlands Wall (in Badlands National Park), Devils Tower National Monument (in Devils Tower) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road & Sylvan Lake). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Dinosaur Park, stop by Alex Johnson Mercantile, and get in on the family fun at Storybook Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yankton to Rapid City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips