10 days in Colorado, Yellowstone National Park & South Dakota Itinerary

10 days in Colorado, Yellowstone National Park & South Dakota Itinerary

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Drive to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs
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Idaho Springs
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Keystone
— 3 nights
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Drive to Rapid City Regional Airport, Fly to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Drive to Decatur

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Colorado Springs

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and finally view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs road trip site.

Decatur to Colorado Springs is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Decatur in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Idaho Springs

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Phoenix Gold Mine, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then hit the slopes at Maison de Ski, and finally examine the collection at Argo Mill and Tunnel.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Idaho Springs trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Idaho Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in August, with highs in Idaho Springs at 50°F and lows at 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

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Yellowstone National Park

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

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 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Sheepeater Cliffs, make a trip to The 45th Parallel, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Geyser, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kepler Cascades, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online trip builder.

You can fly from Idaho Springs to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, taxi, shuttle, and car. While traveling from Idaho Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature

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Keystone

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then trek along Presidential Trail, and finally examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, then look for gifts at Goodtyme Photo, and then cruise along Iron Mountain Road.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Keystone visit planning site.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Keystone by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and taxi. In August, Keystone is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.