9 days in Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

9 days in Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

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9 days in Rapid City & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
1
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Rapid City

5
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bear Country USA. Get some historical perspective at Mount Moriah Cemetery and Chapel in the Hills. Escape the urban bustle at Badlands National Park and Needles Eye Tunnel. Venture out of the city with trips to Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Loop Road (in Badlands National Park). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring the underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, make a trip to Dinosaur Park, take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, and take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City road trip planning website .

Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Loop Road, Mount Moriah Cemetery, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, hike along Presidential Trail, and then cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Keystone visit planner .

Keystone is just a stone's throw from Rapid City. In July, Keystone is little chillier than Rapid City - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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