7 days in South Dakota, Colorado & Iowa Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota, Colorado & Iowa Itinerary

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Keystone
— 1 night
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Denver
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Council Bluffs
— 1 night
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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.
On the 30th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and then take a memorable drive along Needles Highway. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, and finally view the masterpieces at Insideout.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Keystone trip planner.

Chicago to Keystone is an approximately 4-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 Chicago to Keystone. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in May, with highs in Keystone at 59°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Denver.

Things to do in Keystone

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
On the 1st (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Keystone to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in May, expect Denver to be a bit warmer, temps between 66°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums · Parks

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take an in-depth tour of U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, and cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs road trip site.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. June in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

Council Bluffs

— 1 night
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. On the 5th (Sat), walk around Hitchcock Nature Center, admire the landmark architecture of Historic General Dodge House, and then try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Council Bluffs tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Council Bluffs in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to Council Bluffs due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Council Bluffs when traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Casinos · Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trip

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."