13 days in Denver, Cheyenne & Rapid City Itinerary

13 days in Denver, Cheyenne & Rapid City Itinerary

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13 days in Denver, Cheyenne & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h
1
Denver
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Cheyenne
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horseback Riding Tours, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, Adventure Golf & Raceway, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Downtown Aquarium, and cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Denver vacation planner .

Charlotte to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in July, Denver is a bit cooler at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Denver

Fun & Games Nightlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Horseback Riding Tours, Adventure Golf & Raceway
Highlights from your plan
Adventure Golf & Raceway ©
Adventure Golf & Raceway
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

3
nights
Cheyenne

Cheyenne ©
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Vedauwoo and then immerse yourself in nature at Curt Gowdy State Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cheyenne trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Denver to Cheyenne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July in Cheyenne, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Vedauwoo
Highlights from your plan
Curt Gowdy State Park ©
Curt Gowdy State Park
Wyoming State Museum ©
Wyoming State Museum

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Rapid City side-trips: Loop Road (in Badlands National Park), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone) and Custer (Wildlife Loop Road, Needles Eye Tunnel, & more). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills, and take in the exciting artwork at Suzie Cappa Art Center.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rapid City trip planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Cheyenne to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cheyenne in July since evenings lows in Rapid City dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Custer, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Loop Road
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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