9 days in Minneapolis, South Dakota & North Dakota Itinerary

9 days in Minneapolis, South Dakota & North Dakota Itinerary

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Minneapolis
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
3
Rapid City
— 2 nights
4
Spearfish
— 2 nights
5
Medora
— 1 night

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis ©
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, get in on the family fun at Cafesjian's Carousel, and then stroll around Minnehaha Park. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art and then steep yourself in history at James J. Hill House.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Minneapolis trip itinerary website.

Atlanta to Minneapolis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Minneapolis is minus 1 hour. In August, Minneapolis is little chillier than Atlanta - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Museums Nature

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Saint Paul
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Minnehaha Park ©
Minnehaha Park
James J. Hill House ©
James J. Hill House
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sage Creek Wilderness Area, cruise along Loop Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Badlands National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Minneapolis to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, you will find days in Badlands National Park are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are little chillier (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Rapid City.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Sage Creek Wilderness Area ©
Sage Creek Wilderness Area

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 12th (Fri), explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, thenexplore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Rapid City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Spearfish.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Custer, Prairie Berry Winery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

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Spearfish

Spearfish ©
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. On the 14th (Sun), explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and then stroll the grounds of Mount Moriah Cemetery. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Adams House and then identify plant and animal life at Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Spearfish trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Rapid City to Spearfish by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rapid City to Spearfish, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Spearfish, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Spearfish

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Deadwood
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Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Adams House ©
Adams House

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Medora

Medora ©
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. On the 16th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of South Unit.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Medora road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Spearfish to Medora takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Spearfish in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Medora, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medora

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

South Unit
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South Unit ©
South Unit

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