11 days in Colorado, South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

11 days in Colorado, South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly to Jackson, Bus to Jackson
— 3 nights
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night


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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Garden of the Gods, then get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip planning site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colorado Springs is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 11 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 33°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 13th (Thu), get interesting insight from 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, then get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rapid City trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rapid City by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rapid City can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips


— 3 nights

Last of the Old West

The town of Jackson serves as a base for trips to the nearby Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, National Elk Refuge, and several ski resorts.
Bring the kids along to Grand Teton and Leigh Lake. Step out of Jackson to go to Grand Teton National Park and see Amphitheater Lake, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Barker-Ewing Whitewater and take a memorable tour with Dornan's Scenic Float Trips.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jackson trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Rapid City to Jackson in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rapid City in August; daily highs in Jackson reach 30°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 1 night

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 18th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then explore the striking landscape of Fairy Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson to Yellowstone National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Jackson in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 24°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Colorado travel guide

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

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

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.