8 days in Keystone, Rapid City & Wyoming Itinerary

8 days in Keystone, Rapid City & Wyoming Itinerary

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8 days in Keystone, Rapid City & Wyoming Itinerary

Start: Charleston
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Keystone
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Devils Tower
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Charleston

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, then hike along Presidential Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, then stop by Goodtyme Photo, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Keystone day trip planning tool .

Charleston to Keystone is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Charleston to Keystone is minus 2 hours. In November, Keystone is cooler than Charleston - with highs of 45°F and lows of 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Needles Eye Tunnel
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Suzie Cappa Art Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an unorthodox tour of Cosmos Mystery Area, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, and then stop by Wall Drug.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City attractions planning site .

Rapid City is just a stone's throw from Keystone. In November, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Wall Drug, Mount Moriah Cemetery
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

2
nights
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Get out of town with these interesting Devils Tower side-trips: Spearfish Falls (in Savoy), Rockpile Museum (in Gillette) and Crook County Museum (in Sundance). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument, go for a walk through Tower Trail, contemplate the long history of Vore Buffalo Jump, and stop by Devils Tower Trading Post.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Devils Tower trip planner .

Getting from Rapid City to Devils Tower by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Devils Tower are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Spearfish Falls, Vore Buffalo Jump, Crook County Museum, Rockpile Museum
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Rockpile Museum ©
Rockpile Museum
Spearfish Falls ©
Spearfish Falls

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