7 days in Rapid City & Rochester Itinerary

7 days in Rapid City & Rochester Itinerary

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7 days in Rapid City & Rochester Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Rochester
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

5
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs), Crazy Horse Memorial (in Crazy Horse) and Custer (Custer State Park, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Rapid City sightseeing app .

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rochester.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Plummer House, pause for some photo ops at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, admire the striking features of Gonda Building, then explore and take pictures at Quarry Hill Nature Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Mayowood Mansion.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rochester holiday planner.

Getting from Rapid City to Rochester by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rapid City to Rochester is 1 hour. While traveling from Rapid City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rochester, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Plummer House ©
Plummer House
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial
Quarry Hill Nature Center ©
Quarry Hill Nature Center

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