9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Rapid City
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
De Smet
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mitchell
— 2 nights
+4
bus + taxi + Fly + foot + bus:  9​h
End: Tampa

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Downtown Rapid City and South Dakota Air and Space Museum. Mount Moriah Cemetery and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Insideout (in Hill City), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Custer State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, browse the exhibits of Adams House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Rapid City travel itinerary planner .

Tampa to Rapid City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Rapid City is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tampa in June, with highs in Rapid City at 78°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Rapid City

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Deadwood, Custer, Wall, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery

1
day
De Smet

De Smet ©
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of De Smet Depot Museum, then contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the De Smet online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to De Smet takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Rapid City to De Smet, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in De Smet sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mitchell.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial ©
Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial
De Smet Cemetery ©
De Smet Cemetery

2
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): make a trip to Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle, admire the striking features of Corn Palace, then get lost in a book at Carnegie Resource Center, and finally steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mitchell road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from De Smet to Mitchell takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle ©
Valtiroty Shiloh's Tabernacle

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