14 days in Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

14 days in Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Keystone
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Visiting Perimeter Trail and Yankee Boy Basin will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park) and Purgatory Resort (in Durango). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ouray trip planner .

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Ouray is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 71°F and lows are around 46°F. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Purgatory Resort, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Museum of the Mountain West, Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

3
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 13th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, examine the collection at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., and then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip site .

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Deadwood.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trip

Dolores
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Step out of the city life by going to Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center. You'll explore and learn at Adams House and Tatanka: Story of the Bison. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, see the interesting displays at Black Hills Mining Museum, and admire all the interesting features of Broken Boot Gold Mine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Deadwood trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Deadwood takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park to Deadwood is 1 hour. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Deadwood, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Spearfish, Lead, Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills Mining Museum ©
Black Hills Mining Museum

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then have fun at Cosmos Mystery Area, then admire the landmark architecture of Chapel in the Hills, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Keystone online day trip planner .

You can drive from Deadwood to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Deadwood to Keystone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Keystone are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. You'll set off for Wisconsin Dells on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Rapid City
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Rushmore Tramway Adventures ©
Rushmore Tramway Adventures
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine
Chapel in the Hills ©
Chapel in the Hills

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