7 days in Rapid City, Sioux Falls & Rochester Itinerary

7 days in Rapid City, Sioux Falls & Rochester Itinerary

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7 days in Rapid City, Sioux Falls & Rochester Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Sioux Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rochester
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall & Loop Road) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, stop by Christmas Village Store, and take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip planner .

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

1
night
Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls ©
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Butterfly House & Aquarium, then test your team's savvy at Escapades Escape Rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral, and finally walk around Falls Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sioux Falls trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Rapid City to Sioux Falls in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Sioux Falls can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Falls Park ©
Falls Park
Escapades Escape Rooms ©
Escapades Escape Rooms
St. Joseph Cathedral ©
St. Joseph Cathedral

1
night
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. On the 7th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Plummer House, appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, then admire the striking features of Gonda Building, then gain insight at Quarry Hill Nature Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Mayowood Mansion.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rochester trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sioux Falls to Rochester takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Rochester are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car 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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