20 days in New Orleans, Denver & Rapid City Itinerary

20 days in New Orleans, Denver & Rapid City Itinerary

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1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
2
Denver
— 7 nights
3
Rapid City
— 7 nights

4
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Shop till you drop at Royal Street and Faulkner House Books. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National WWII Museum and Garden District. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Biloxi Beach (in Biloxi), Vacherie (Oak Alley Plantation & Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Slidell). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, make a trip to Jackson Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, and examine the collection at New Orleans Museum of Art.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read New Orleans day trip planning tool.

Boston to New Orleans is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to New Orleans. Traveling from Boston in September, expect nights in New Orleans to be much hotter, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vacherie, Biloxi Beach, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

7
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Denver Art Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Trail Ridge Road and Fishing Charters & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Easy Street Casino (in Central City), Rocky Mountain National Park (Hallett Peak & Many Parks Curve Overlook) and Grand Lake (The Beach at Grand Lake & Grand Lake Art Gallery). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Denver day trip site.

You can fly from New Orleans to Denver in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in October, Denver is much colder at night with lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Castle Rock, Grand Lake, Easy Street Casino
Highlights from your plan
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
River Rafting & Tubing
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

7
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Get a sense of the local culture at Suzie Cappa Art Center and Mount Moriah Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Black Hills National Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rapid City: Wind Cave National Park (in Wind Cave National Park), Wall (Delta-09 Missile Silo & Wall Drug) and Custer (Sylvan Lake, Needles Eye Tunnel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, get curious at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, examine the collection at Black Hills Mining Museum, and admire all the interesting features of Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner.

You can fly from Denver to Rapid City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in October, you will find days in Rapid City are slightly colder (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Custer, Hot Springs, Lead, Wall
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest

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