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

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

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

Start: Chicago
Drive:  9​h
1
Custer
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  18​h
End: Chicago


2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Custer trip itinerary maker tool .

Chicago to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Chicago to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in June: high temperatures in Custer hover around 71°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

2
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, make a trip to Artist Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Custer in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 6th (Fri), learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Canon City trip maker website .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect nights in Canon City to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 94°F. You will leave for Buena Vista on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Canon City

Wineries
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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Buena Vista trip simple and quick.

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by combination of car and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canon City in July, with highs in Buena Vista at 80°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad
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River Rafting & Tubing
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook ©
Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook

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