9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Salem
Drive:  51​h 30​min
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Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  72​h 30​min
End: Salem

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes South Dakota Air and Space Museum, Black Hills Outdoor Fun and Historic Old Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more), Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Presidential Trail, & more) and Badlands National Park (Loop Road & Big Badlands Overlook). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, and go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rapid City online tour planner .

Salem to Rapid City is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rapid City are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Custer, Badlands National Park, Historic Old Town
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Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
Black Hills Outdoor Fun ©
Black Hills Outdoor Fun
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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