8 days in Rapid City Itinerary

8 days in Rapid City Itinerary

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Rapid City

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South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wades Gold Mill and Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Black Hills and Loop Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Roberts Prairie Dog Town (in Badlands National Park), Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, and identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City trip planner .

Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, Hill City, Deadwood
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Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
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Roberts Prairie Dog Town
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Black Hills

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