10 days in Colorado Springs, Rapid City & Albuquerque Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Springs, Rapid City & Albuquerque Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Springs, Rapid City & Albuquerque Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  2​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods and then examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online tour itinerary planner .

Phoenix to Colorado Springs is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, Colorado Springs is cooler than Phoenix - with highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adams House and Adams Museum. Prairie Berry Winery and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Wades Gold Mill (in Hill City), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Custer). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, and view the masterpieces at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City travel site .

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Rapid City in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Rapid City

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Deadwood, Hill City, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Horseback Riding Tours, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum

3
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puye Cliff Dwellings and Palace of the Governors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Santuario de Chimayo and El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albuquerque: Santa Fe (Harrell House of Natural Oddities, San Miguel Chapel, & more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tingley Beach and get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque attractions website .

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Albuquerque takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Rapid City in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 64°F in Albuquerque. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Fe, El Santuario de Chimayo, Puye Cliff Dwellings
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El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

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