7 days in Rapid City & Big Sky Itinerary

7 days in Rapid City & Big Sky Itinerary

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7 days in Rapid City & Big Sky Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
2
Big Sky
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Appleton

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
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 Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Loop Road (in Badlands National Park) and Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, get in on the family fun at Storybook Island, see the interesting displays at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and admire the striking features of Chapel in the Hills.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rapid City using our trip planner.

Appleton to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Appleton to Rapid City. While traveling from Appleton, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Big Sky.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Loop Road, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

2
nights
Big Sky

Big Sky ©
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Venture out of the city with trips to Yellowstone National Park (Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Artist Point, & more). There's still lots to do: trek along Ousel Falls Trail, stroll the grounds of The Soldiers Chapel, and fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Big Sky road trip planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Big Sky by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Rapid City in July, plan for slightly colder days in Big Sky, with highs around 77°F, while nights are colder with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mammoth Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Hot Springs
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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