18 days in Rapid City & Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Rapid City & Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Rapid City & Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Durango
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: London

3
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Mount Rushmore National Memorial (in Keystone), Insideout (in Hill City) and Custer (Custer County 1881 Courthouse, Custer State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, cruise along Loop Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City travel planner .

London, UK to Rapid City is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. When traveling from London in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Insideout, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Rapid City to Estes Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Rapid City in June, you will find days in Estes Park are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Photography Tours

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.
On the 17th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then test the waters at a local thermal spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, then explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip builder tool .

Getting from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Estes Park in June, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 22°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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 19th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista River Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): cruise along Skyline Drive, then look for gifts at The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Canon City road trip site .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in June: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 37°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

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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 21st (Fri): go for a walk through Pikes Peak, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then stroll through Garden of the Gods. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy, look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in June, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Garden of the Gods Trading Post
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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, and then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June in Denver, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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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 25th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Durango sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Denver to Durango in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in June, Durango is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
River Rafting & Tubing

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