19 days in Pismo Beach & Rapid City Itinerary

19 days in Pismo Beach & Rapid City Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Durham
Fly + Bus:  11 h
1
Pismo Beach
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
2
Rapid City
— 11 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  7 h 15 min
End: Durham

6
nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Explore Pismo Beach's surroundings by going to Santa Barbara (Wine Tours & Tastings, State Street Underpass, &more), San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal & Hearst Castle) and Cambria (Cambria Nursery and Florist & Santa Rosa Catholic Church). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, admire the majestic nature at Montana de Oro State Park, and see the interesting displays at Hans Christian Andersen Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach trip itinerary planner.

Durham to Pismo Beach is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Durham to Pismo Beach, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Pismo Beach, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, San Simeon, Cambria, Montana de Oro State Park, Ancient Peaks Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Pismo Pier ©
Pismo Pier

11
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spearfish (High Plains Western Heritage Center Museum & Bridal Veil Falls), Mount Moriah Cemetery (in Deadwood) and Custer (Iron Mountain Road, Wildlife Loop Road, &more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in the Hills.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City online attractions planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Pismo Beach to Rapid City in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Pismo Beach in September, expect nights in Rapid City to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, Keystone, Spearfish, Hill City
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 25:
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Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument
Downtown Rapid City ©
Downtown Rapid City

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