10 days in South Dakota, Wyoming & Colorado Itinerary

10 days in South Dakota, Wyoming & Colorado Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Custer
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
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Badlands National Park

— 1 night
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 23rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Panorama Point Overlook and then cruise along Loop Road. On your second day here, hike along Notch Trail, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook, then stroll through Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park online driving holiday planner.

Dubuque to Badlands National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubuque to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubuque in July, you will find days in Badlands National Park are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 25th (Sun), stroll through Mount Rushmore National Memorial, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

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Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Custer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in July, with highs in Custer at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, and head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Yellowstone National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Custer in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Durango in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. In July, Durango is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, then see Off-Road Tours, then stop by Sundance and Friends, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in July: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 80°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
On the 31st (Sat), explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planning app.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 86°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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South Dakota travel guide

4.2
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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.