9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
bus + Fly:  6​h
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Crazy Horse
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Mitchell
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Visit Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Chapel in the Hills for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at South Dakota Air and Space Museum and Suzie Cappa Art Center. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Wall Drug (in Wall), Loop Road (in Badlands National Park) and Iron Mountain Road (in Custer). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, and do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary planning app .

Phoenix to Rapid City is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in September; daily highs in Rapid City reach 75°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Crazy Horse.

Things to do in Rapid City

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Loop Road, Wall Drug, Iron Mountain Road
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

1
night
Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse ©
On the 9th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Native American Educational and Cultural Center and then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Crazy Horse sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rapid City to Crazy Horse in an hour. Another option is to take a shuttle. Traveling from Rapid City in September, expect little chillier with lows of 45°F in Crazy Horse. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Crazy Horse

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 10th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Adams House, then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Adams Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Deadwood trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Crazy Horse to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Crazy Horse to Deadwood. In September, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mitchell.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
Adams House ©
Adams House

3
nights
Mitchell

Mitchell ©
Mitchell is the county seat of Davison County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Corn Palace and then steep yourself in history at Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at De Smet Cemetery, then look for gifts at Sweet Fix Candy & Pop Shop, and then steep yourself in history at Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.

Discover how to plan a Mitchell trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Deadwood to Mitchell by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mitchell

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

De Smet
Highlights from your plan
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village ©
Corn Palace ©
Corn Palace

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