16 days in Colorado, South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

16 days in Colorado, South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado, South Dakota & Wyoming Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
5
Custer
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Jackson
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h
End: New York 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, gain insight at United States Air Force Academy, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

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 17th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves and then test the waters at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave and then stroll through Sunlight Mountain Resort.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip builder .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Glenwood Springs to be little chillier, temps between 68°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Parks Winter Sports
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Glenwood Hot Springs Pool ©
Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Doc Holliday's Grave ©
Doc Holliday's Grave

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): boost your wellbeing at Ouray Hot Springs Pool, then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Trail Town Still.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray attractions planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Parks Nature

Side Trip

Trail Town Still
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Hot Springs Pool ©
Ouray Hot Springs Pool
Trail Town Still ©
Trail Town Still

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for gifts at Honeyville, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest, and then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

Plan trip to Durango with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Durango are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Custer.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

2
nights
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 22nd (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Custer holiday planner.

Getting from Durango to Custer by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Custer hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Crazy Horse Memorial, 1880 Train/Black Hills Central Railroad, Mount Rushmore National 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

3
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Teton National Park (Grand Teton, Leigh Lake, & more). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with Barker-Ewing Whitewater, don't miss a visit to Town Square, and take a tour by water with Jackson Hole Whitewater.

Plan trip to Jackson with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Jackson takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Custer in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 44°F in Jackson. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Barker-Ewing Whitewater ©
Barker-Ewing Whitewater
Jackson Hole Whitewater ©
Jackson Hole Whitewater

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Jackson to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Jackson in July, things will get slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 73°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature
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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