8 days in Keystone, Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

8 days in Keystone, Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Keystone
— 2 nights
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
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 27th (Sat): go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, thenexamine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, thenstop by Goodtyme Photo, and finally take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, thenlearn about winemaking at Twisted Pine Winery, and finally explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Keystone vacation maker tool.

Chicago to Keystone is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Keystone, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hill City, Bridal Veil Falls, Needles Eye Tunnel, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center ©
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Midway Geyser Basin and Castle Geyser. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uncle Tom's Trail and Museum of the Yellowstone. Change things up with a short trip to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone (about 2h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gibbon Falls, and trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip planning website.

Fly from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Keystone in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at °F and lows at °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

West Yellowstone
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park, thenfind something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. On your second day here, stroll through Seven Bridges Trail, thensteep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and then stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

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

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Garden of the Gods Trading Post, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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