20 days in New Orleans, Denver & Rapid City Itinerary

20 days in New Orleans, Denver & Rapid City Itinerary

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20 days in New Orleans, Denver & Rapid City Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  5​h
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Rapid City
— 7 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Biloxi Beach will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Royal Street and Faulkner House Books. Explore New Orleans' surroundings by going to Vacherie (Oak Alley Plantation & Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Bourbon Street, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, and wander the streets of Garden District.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip itinerary builder .

Boston to New Orleans is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Boston in September, expect nights in New Orleans to be much hotter, around 83°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.
Head to Denver Botanic Gardens and Grand Lake Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Hallett Peak, & more), The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake) and Easy Street Casino (in Central City). Spend the 5th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gateway Mesa Open Space Park, and identify plant and animal life at Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Denver by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Denver, with lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, Castle Rock, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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 outdoors at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Wind Cave National Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Suzie Cappa Art Center. Explore Rapid City's surroundings by going to Custer (Sylvan Lake, Black Hills National Forest, & more), Wall (Delta-09 Missile Silo & Wall Drug) and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (in Philip). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, take some stellar pictures from Yellow Mounds Overlook, and explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapid City online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Denver to Rapid City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Denver, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rapid City, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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