12 days in Denver & Rapid City Itinerary

12 days in Denver & Rapid City Itinerary

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12 days in Denver & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
1
Denver
— 5 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​h
End: Jacksonville

5
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner .

Jacksonville to Denver is an approximately 28-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Jacksonville in May, with highs in Denver at 66°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Sylvan Lake & Custer State Park), Badlands National Park (Badlands Wall & Loop Road) and Keystone (Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Breezy Point Picnic Area). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Denver to Rapid City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Custer, Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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