15 days in Colorado, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in Colorado, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Denver
— Few hours
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Cody
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
8
Custer
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary planning tool .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Denver. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, then examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods. On the next day, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, then look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

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You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): cruise along Skyline Drive, examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Canon City vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Buena Vista River Park.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista road trip planning website .

Getting from Canon City to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Canon City in July; daily highs in Buena Vista reach 80°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cody.

Things to do in Buena Vista

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

1
day
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Whitney Gallery, see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, then have some family-friendly fun at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC, and finally see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cody trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Buena Vista to Cody in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cody, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Cody Firearms Experience, LLC ©
Cody Firearms Experience, LLC
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum ©
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum

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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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, and take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Star Spring.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park vacation planner .

You can drive from Cody to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cody in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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

3
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Go for a jaunt from Jackson Hole to Moose to see Chapel of the Transfiguration about 40 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art, trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, stroll through Taggart Lake, and take in the exciting artwork at Mangelsen Images of Nature.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Jackson Hole are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore and take pictures at Needles Highway.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Jackson Hole to Custer in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Custer when traveling from Jackson Hole in July, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Keystone, Crazy Horse Memorial, Needles Highway
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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