7 days in South Dakota, Wyoming & Colorado Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota, Wyoming & Colorado Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Colorado Springs
— 1 night


Custer — 2 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then take an unforgettable tour with Black Hills Helicopters, then take a peaceful walk through Black Hills National Forest, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Black Hills.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Custer day trip planner.

Kansas City to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Custer due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kansas City in June: highs in Custer hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park — 2 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, explore the striking landscape at Artists Paintpots, explore the activities along Lehardy's Rapids, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, don't miss a visit to Petrified Tree, then take in the natural beauty of Lone Star Geyser, then admire the sheer force of Kepler Cascades, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin.

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Traveling by flight from Custer to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in June, things will get slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Jackson Hole.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Jackson Hole — 1 night

The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get outside with Barker-Ewing Whitewater, take in the awesome beauty at Rendezvous Mountain, then surround yourself with nature on Ana's Grand Excursions, and finally make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, you will find days in Jackson Hole are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip maker tool.

Getting from Jackson Hole to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in June, expect Colorado Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours

South Dakota travel guide

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.

Wyoming travel guide

Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Colorado travel guide

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.