9 days in South Dakota & Detroit Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota & Detroit Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota & Detroit Itinerary

Start: Boston
Drive:  31​h
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  19​h
2
Detroit
— 1 night
Drive:  12​h 30​min
End: Boston

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Loop Road (in Badlands National Park), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Sylvan Lake, & more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Reptile Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rapid City travel planner.

Boston to Rapid City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in July, Rapid City is little chillier at night with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Loop Road, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

1
night
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, and then steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Detroit journey builder website .

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Detroit takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Detroit are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dearborn
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts
Comerica Park ©
Comerica Park

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