9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Wind Cave National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
4
Custer
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Deadwood
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hulett
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Medora
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
8
Williston
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
9
Hill City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Rapid City
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  6​h
End: Phoenix

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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 28th (Sat): look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, then wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, and then don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rapid City trip app .

Phoenix to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. In September, Rapid City is colder than Phoenix - with highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Rapid City

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
Dinosaur Park ©
Dinosaur Park
Alex Johnson Mercantile ©
Alex Johnson Mercantile

1
night
Custer

Custer
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Rapid City to Custer in an hour. Traveling from Rapid City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Custer, with lows of 45°F. You will leave for Wind Cave National Park on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Parks Nature

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day
Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park ©
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
You've now added Needles Eye Tunnel to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Wind Cave National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Custer to Wind Cave National Park in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Wind Cave National Park can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Needles Eye Tunnel, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
night
Custer

Custer
To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Custer road trip site .

You can drive from Wind Cave National Park to Custer in an hour. You will leave for Deadwood on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Parks Nature

1
day
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Devils Tower National Monument has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Mon), cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and then contemplate the geological forces at Devils Tower National Monument.

Find out how to plan Deadwood trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Deadwood due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hulett.

Things to do in Deadwood

Outdoors Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Devils Tower National Monument, Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

1
night
Hulett

Hulett
Hulett is a town in Crook County, Wyoming, United States. To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hulett trip planner .

You can drive from Deadwood to Hulett in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Hulett, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Hulett, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. On the 1st (Tue), you're off toMedora.

Things to do in Hulett

Museums

1
day
Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes North Unit, South Unit and Painted Canyon Overlook. On the 1st (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Mores, get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook, then get to know the fascinating history of South Unit, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at North Unit.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Medora day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Hulett to Medora takes 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Medora can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Williston.

Things to do in Medora

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Mores ©
Chateau de Mores
South Unit ©
South Unit
Painted Canyon Overlook ©
Painted Canyon Overlook

2
nights
Williston

Williston
Williston is a city in and the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Williston trip planner.

Drive from Medora to Williston in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Williston, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 33°F at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll travel to Hill City.

Things to do in Williston

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

3
nights
Hill City

Hill City
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hill City online attractions planner .

Drive from Williston to Hill City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Williston to Hill City. In October, daytime highs in Hill City are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Hill City

Outdoors Parks Nature

1
day
Rapid City

Rapid City
To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City journey site .

Drive from Hill City to Rapid City in an hour. Traveling from Hill City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rapid City, with lows of 40°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Parks Tours

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