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

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

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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Keystone
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 6.5-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 56°F in Colorado Springs. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Keystone.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Keystone

— 1 night

Home Of Mount Rushmore

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, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then trek along Presidential Trail, and finally take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

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Getting from Colorado Springs to Keystone by flight takes about 3 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 77°F and lows reach 51°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 · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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): tour the pleasant surroundings 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 87°F and lows at 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

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, then trek along Lakefront Trail, then admire 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 4 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 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors