5 days in Colorado Springs, Black Hills & Badlands & Chicago Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Springs, Black Hills & Badlands & Chicago Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
2
Keystone
— 1 night
3
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
4
Chicago
— 1 night

1
night
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.
To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Boston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in August, expect little chillier with lows of °F in Colorado Springs. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure ©
The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Climbing Tours

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see the world from above with Black Hills Helicopters, thenexplore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, thentrek along Presidential Trail, and finally take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

Find out how to plan Keystone trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Keystone by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in August; daily highs in Keystone reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Iron Mountain Road
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills Helicopters ©
Black Hills Helicopters
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

1
night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Keystone to Badlands National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Keystone in August, with highs in Badlands National Park at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, thentrek along Lakefront Trail, thenadmire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chicago online day trip planner.

You can fly from Badlands National Park to Chicago in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Badlands National Park to Chicago is 1 hour. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Chicago, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Chicago Riverwalk ©
Chicago Riverwalk
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago

Similar Plans

7 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 8 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: July, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: December, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: August, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 6 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 8 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans