9 days in Colorado & South Dakota Missouri River Region Itinerary

9 days in Colorado & South Dakota Missouri River Region Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado & South Dakota Missouri River Region Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Drive:  4​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
3
Pierre
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Springfield

2
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planner .

Springfield to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Springfield in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Hidee Gold Mine, Carousel of Happiness
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pierre.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

1
day
Pierre

Pierre ©
Pierre is the capital of the state of South Dakota and the county seat of Hughes County. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at South Dakota State Historical Society Museum, steep yourself in history at Cultural Heritage Center, and then get a sense of history and politics at State Capitol.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pierre online holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Estes Park to Pierre. The time zone difference when traveling from Estes Park to Pierre is 1 hour. August in Pierre sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pierre

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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State Capitol ©
State Capitol

3
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.
When in Colorado Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs route planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Pierre to Colorado Springs with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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