10 days in Colorado Springs, Yellowstone National Park & Keystone Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Springs, Yellowstone National Park & Keystone Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Springs, Yellowstone National Park & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  5​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
End: Chicago

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Let the collections at Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum and Penrose Heritage Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and Glen Eyrie Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Mueller State Park (in Divide) and Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (in Cripple Creek). Next up on the itinerary: walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs journey maker site .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Mueller State Park
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gibbon Falls and Castle Geyser. Take a break from the city and head to Artists’ Paintpots and Roosevelt Arch. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, take in the awesome beauty at Old Gardiner Road, trek along North Rim Trail, and don't miss a visit to Artist Point.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Get some cultural insight at Native American Educational and Cultural Center and Prairie Berry Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bridal Veil Falls and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Termesphere Gallery (in Spearfish) and Black Hills National Forest (in Custer). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, learn more about the world around you at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, explore the striking landscape at Black Hills, and go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Keystone takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Keystone: highs are around 77°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hill City, Spearfish, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, Black Hills
Highlights from your plan
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Black Hills ©
Black Hills

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