8 days in Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Aspen
— 2 nights
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
4
Rapid City
— 3 nights

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen online trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in September, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around °F, while nights are cooler with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Never Summer Ranch, explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then take some stellar pictures from Forest Canyon Overlook.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in September; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Forest Canyon Overlook ©
Forest Canyon Overlook
Never Summer Ranch ©
Never Summer Ranch

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, thenwalk around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

3
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then do a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Wall Drug, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Rapid City trip planner.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Rapid City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Wall Drug, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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