8 days in Kansas City, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in Kansas City, North Dakota & South Dakota Itinerary

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Kansas City
— 1 night
Fly
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Medora
— 1 night
Drive
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Custer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Wall
— 1 night
Drive
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Kansas City

— 1 night
The city meets the Great Plains in Kansas City City, Kansas.
On the 13th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Patee House Museum and then learn about winemaking at Pirtle Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Ernie Miller Nature Center and then examine the collection at 1950s All-Electric House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kansas City trip maker app.

Rochester to Kansas City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Medora.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Medora holiday website.

You can fly from Kansas City to Medora in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Medora due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Medora can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sheep Mountain Table Road (in Badlands National Park) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Custer journey website.

Traveling by car from Medora to Custer takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Wall.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wall

— 1 night
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, then take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then stop by Wall Drug.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Wall trip planner.

You can drive from Custer to Wall in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Custer, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wall, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Wall

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trip

Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Cathedral and then walk around Falls Park.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wall to Sioux Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Wall to Sioux Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wall in September, you will find days in Sioux Falls are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are a bit warmer (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Historic Sites

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.