15 days in Wyoming, South Dakota & Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Wyoming, South Dakota & Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Wyoming, South Dakota & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Anchorage
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Jackson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Moran
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Canon City
— 2 nights
+4
taxi + shuttle + foot + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
End: Anchorage

2
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.
On the 19th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at National Elk Refuge, don't miss a visit to Town Square, then don't miss a visit to Jackson Hole Shootout, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jackson travel planner.

Anchorage to Jackson is an approximately 10-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Anchorage to Jackson. When traveling from Anchorage in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Jackson, with highs around 79°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.
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Town Square ©
Town Square

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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.
On the 24th (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Mammoth Hot Springs, trek along Artist Point, and cruise along Lamar Valley.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jackson to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Jackson - with highs of 73°F and lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Moran.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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Moran

Moran ©
Moran is an unincorporated community in south central Teton County, Wyoming, United States, which serves as one of the principal fee collection entrances to Grand Teton National Park. On the 25th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Grand Teton.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Moran itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Moran in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Moran, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Moran

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptile Gardens, appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rapid City trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Moran to Rapid City. Traveling from Moran in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Rapid City: highs are around 89°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Sylvan Lake
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): Head underground at Cave of the Winds, then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Colorado Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 31st (Mon), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Canon City travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, you will find days in Canon City are a bit warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

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