7 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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7 days in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  16​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 30th (Sat), explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Keystone trip planner.

Chicago to Keystone is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chicago in June; daily highs in Keystone reach 75°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

#Scenic Drive, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Iron Mountain Road
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Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get great views at Observation Point Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, don't miss a visit to Artist Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Keystone in July, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be colder, around 40°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. You'll set off for Colorado Springs on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 5th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip builder .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Olympic Training Center ©
Olympic Training Center
Old Colorado City Historic District ©

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