8 days in Custer City, Rochester & Rapid City Itinerary

8 days in Custer City, Rochester & Rapid City Itinerary

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8 days in Custer City, Rochester & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Custer City
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Rochester
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Custer City

Custer City ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Penn Brad Oil Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Kinzua Bridge State Park, and then see the interesting displays at McKean County Historical Society.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer City driving holiday site .

Minneapolis to Custer City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, things will get little chillier in Custer City: highs are around 78°F and lows about 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Rochester.

Things to do in Custer City

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

McKean County Historical Society, Kinzua Bridge State Park
Highlights from your plan
Penn Brad Oil Museum ©
Penn Brad Oil Museum
Kinzua Bridge State Park ©
Kinzua Bridge State Park
McKean County Historical Society ©

1
night
Rochester

Rochester ©
Rochester is a city in the U.S. On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Plummer House, appreciate the history behind Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, admire the striking features of Gonda Building, then admire all the interesting features of Quarry Hill Nature Center, and finally contemplate the long history of Mayowood Mansion.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rochester trip builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Custer City to Rochester. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Custer City to Rochester. Traveling from Custer City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rochester, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Rochester

Historic Sites
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Plummer House ©
Plummer House
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial ©
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial
Quarry Hill Nature Center ©
Quarry Hill Nature Center

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall & Loop Road), Custer (Mount Coolidge, Custer State Park, & more) and Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, look for gifts at Christmas Village Store, and find something for the whole family at Storybook Island.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Rochester to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Rochester in July, you will find days in Rapid City are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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