9 days in Knoxville & South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in Knoxville & South Dakota Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner
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Knoxville
— 4 nights
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Rapid City
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Knoxville — 4 nights

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Titanic Museum Attraction and Walker Sisters' Cabin. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Alum Cave Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Knoxville side-trips: Zipline (in Hartford), Gatlinburg (Tennessee Homemade Wines, Hollywood Star Cars Museum, &more) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Mount LeConte). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Knoxville online trip builder.

Indianapolis to Knoxville is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. July in Knoxville sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Rapid City.
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Rapid City — 2 nights

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, then walk around Main Street Square, and then take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Bear Country USA, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip planner.

Fly from Knoxville to Rapid City in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Knoxville in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rapid City, with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.
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Badlands National Park — 1 night

Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 8th (Fri), cruise along Loop Road and then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Badlands National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Badlands National Park takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Rapid City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sioux Falls.
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Sioux Falls — 1 night

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): trek along Sioux Falls Bike Trails and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sioux Falls journey maker site.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Sioux Falls in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Badlands National Park in July, you will find days in Sioux Falls are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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South Dakota travel guide

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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.
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