7 days in Estes Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

7 days in Estes Park & Black Hills & Badlands Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 2 nights
2
Keystone
— 2 nights
3
Deadwood
— 1 night
4
Wall
— 1 night

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along East Inlet Trail, thenkick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

For more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park itinerary maker website.

Minneapolis to Estes Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Estes Park. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, expect nights in Estes Park to be slightly colder, around °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 9th (Thu), get curious at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, admire all the interesting features of Wildlife Loop Road, and then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Keystone trip planner.

Fly from Estes Park to Keystone in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Estes Park in July, with highs in Keystone at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Prairie Berry Winery
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Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

1
night
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Adams House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Moriah Cemetery, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Old Town, and finally get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Deadwood trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Keystone to Deadwood in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Deadwood can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Wall.

Things to do in Deadwood

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery
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Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery ©
Historic Old Town
Historic Old Town

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night
Wall

Wall ©
Wall is a town in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stop by Wall Drug, explore the striking landscape of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Delta-09 Missile Silo, thenadmire all the interesting features of Loop Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wall trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Deadwood to Wall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Deadwood to Wall due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Deadwood in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wall: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wall

Nature Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ©
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Wall Drug ©
Wall Drug

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