7 days in Rapid City & Deadwood Itinerary

7 days in Rapid City & Deadwood Itinerary

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7 days in Rapid City & Deadwood Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Step out of the city life by going to Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Attractions like Reptile Gardens and Storybook Island make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, & more) and Loop Road (in Badlands National Park). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, look for gifts at Christmas Village Store, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip itinerary planning site .

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City. 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 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Loop Road, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Rodeo Cowboy T.C.Halloway Statue, get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then steep yourself in history at Adams House, and finally stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Mt Roosevelt Monument, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine, then join in the after-dark buzz at Dakota Shivers Brewing, then learn about winemaking at Belle Joli Winery Tasting Room, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Deadwood vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Deadwood takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rapid City in June, Deadwood is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Dakota Shivers Brewing, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House
Dakota Shivers Brewing ©
Dakota Shivers Brewing

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