11 days in Colorado, South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

11 days in Colorado, South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

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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.
On the 10th (Mon), get around town with Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colorado Springs is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Colorado Springs 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 · Trails

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 find something for the whole family at Rushmore Tramway Adventures, and then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rapid City day trip site.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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 more to do: let the river carry you with Barker-Ewing Whitewater and get interesting insight from Dornan's Scenic Float Trips.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jackson trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rapid City to Jackson takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rapid City in August: high temperatures in Jackson hover around 30°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fairy Falls, and then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park road trip site.

You can drive from Jackson to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Jackson in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

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.