8 days in Wyoming, Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

8 days in Wyoming, Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

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8 days in Wyoming, Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  8​h 30​min
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Jackson
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Denver
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Pittsburgh

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Jackson

Jackson ©
The town of Jackson serves as a base for trips to the nearby Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, National Elk Refuge, and several ski resorts.
On the 26th (Sat), make a trip to Town Square and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Jackson itinerary builder.

Pittsburgh to Jackson is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to Jackson. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Pittsburgh in May, with highs in Jackson at 58°F and lows at 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.
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Town Square ©
Town Square

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then hike along Artist Point. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Jackson to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Jackson - with highs of 52°F and lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Denver.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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Denver

Denver ©
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 29th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then explore and take pictures at Coors Field.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Denver in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, with highs in Denver at 67°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): make a trip to U.S. Olympic Training Center and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online itinerary creator.

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Olympic Training Center ©
Olympic Training Center

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City, then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Founding Fathers Black Hills, then pause for some photo ops at Crazy Horse Memorial, and then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rapid City trip planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Rapid City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Rapid City sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial

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