7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Dakota itinerary planner

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Rapid City
— 3 nights
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Philip
— 3 nights
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Rapid City

— 3 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chapel in the Hills and Adams House. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Adams Museum and D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Tatanka: Story of the Bison (in Deadwood), Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame (in Sturgis) and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center (in Lead). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Geology, get engrossed in the history at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, take in the exciting artwork at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, and learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Rapid City vacation builder website.

Philadelphia to Rapid City is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, things will get slightly colder in Rapid City: highs are around 75°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Philip.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Philip

— 3 nights
Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Prairie Homestead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and then see the interesting displays at Pioneer Auto Museum. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, learn about all things military at Delta-09 Missile Silo, then browse the different shops at Wall Drug, and finally identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Philip road trip site.

You can drive from Rapid City to Philip in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rapid City in September: highs in Philip hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. On the 19th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Philip

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.