8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Devils Tower
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Spearfish
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Sturgis
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
5
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Rapid City
— 1 night
End: Rapid City

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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 20th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City sightseeing planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Rapid City. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Big Thunder Gold Mine
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Devils Tower National Monument.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Devils Tower trip builder .

You can drive from Rapid City to Devils Tower in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Spearfish.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature Parks
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

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Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Vore Buffalo Jump. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Center of the Nation Monument, identify plant and animal life at McNenny State Fish Hatchery, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Spearfish trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Devils Tower to Spearfish in an hour. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Spearfish sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sturgis.

Things to do in Spearfish

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Belle Fourche, Vore Buffalo Jump
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Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

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Sturgis

Sturgis ©
Sturgis is a city in Meade County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Old Fort Meade Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sturgis day trip planning tool .

Sturgis is very close to Spearfish. In August, daytime highs in Sturgis are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Sturgis

Museums
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Old Fort Meade Museum ©
Old Fort Meade Museum

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Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, examine the collection at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Broken Boot Gold Mine, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Deadwood trip itinerary builder tool .

Deadwood is very close to Sturgis. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rapid City.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Broken Boot Gold Mine ©
Broken Boot Gold Mine
Tatanka: Story of the Bison ©
Tatanka: Story of the Bison

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
On the 26th (Mon), learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills, and then explore and take pictures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Suzie Cappa Art Center, make a trip to Dinosaur Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, and finally explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip planner.

Drive from Deadwood to Rapid City in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wildlife Loop Road
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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