9 days in Delaware & South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in Delaware & South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Wilmington
— 1 night
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Rapid City
— 4 nights
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Rehoboth Beach
— 2 nights
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Wilmington

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Nemours Estate, get engrossed in the history at Hagley Museum And Library, and then take an in-depth tour of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at White Clay Creek State Park, then try to win big at Dover Downs Casino, and then sample the fine beverages at Painted Stave Distilling.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Wilmington trip app.

Philadelphia to Wilmington is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Wilmington are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Wilmington

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall & Loop Road), Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Sylvan Lake, &more) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, have some family-friendly fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, and identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Wilmington to Rapid City by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Wilmington to Rapid City due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Wilmington in May, with highs in Rapid City at 65°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rehoboth Beach.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rehoboth Beach

— 2 nights

Nation's Summer Capital

The population of the city of Rehoboth Beach expands by 25,000 every summer.
Relax by the water at Rehoboth Beach Public Beach and Bethany Beach. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Cape Henlopen State Park, learn about winemaking at Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Rehoboth, and stroll through Dewey Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rehoboth Beach trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Rapid City to Rehoboth Beach in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In May, Rehoboth Beach is a bit warmer than Rapid City - with highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Rehoboth Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Delaware travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Theme Parks · History Museums
The First State
Nicknamed the "First State" for its role in ratifying the U.S. Constitution, Delaware is only 160 km (100 mi) long and about 80 km (49 mi) wide at its widest point. Despite its small size, the state is a patchwork of complex and diverse communities, with an industrialized north and rural south. More than just a tax-free shopping haven, the state features great sightseeing in its picturesque countryside interspersed with sleepy colonial villages and long sandy beaches. It also offers several organized trail systems that focus on things to do in the outdoors, including history, geocaching, culinary activities, and wine and spirits. Largely because of its size, Delaware remains one of the country's least-explored states.

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.