14 days in Colorado, South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

14 days in Colorado, South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado, South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h
5
Custer
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Kansas City

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Colorado Springs is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip tool .

Kansas City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Kansas City in June, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip builder site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Canon City are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista online trip planner .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by combination of car and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Canon City in June: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 79°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Tours Adventure Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Doc Holliday's Grave ©
Doc Holliday's Grave

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 1st (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park and then take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, and then pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial.

Before you visit Custer, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Glenwood Springs to Custer in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Custer, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Downtown Rapid City, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

4
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the activities along Madison River, trek along Artist Point, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Custer in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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