9 days in Colorado, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

9 days in Colorado, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado, Wyoming & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
4
Custer
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Deadwood
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Kansas City

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night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 20th (Sat), make a trip to Park Point and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planner .

Kansas City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Kansas City in July, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Cody.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

1
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Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the world behind art at Whitney Gallery, then admire the engineering at Buffalo Bill Dam, then examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, get a new perspective on nature at Draper Natural History Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Plains Indian, and finally see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cody day trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Cody in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, you will find days in Cody are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
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Buffalo Bill Dam ©
Buffalo Bill Dam
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center ©
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
Cody Firearms Museum ©
Cody Firearms Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then trek along Artist Point. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, then take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cody in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, then learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Custer route website .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Custer in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: high temperatures in Custer hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Deadwood.

Things to do in Custer

Scenic Drive Outdoors Wineries

Side Trip

Hill City
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Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

2
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. On the 27th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery, explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, then get engrossed in the history at Adams Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mt Roosevelt Monument. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Tatanka: Story of the Bison, then get a taste of the local shopping with Scott Jacobs Studio, then engage your brain at Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center, and finally browse the exhibits of Adams House.

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Traveling by car from Custer to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Deadwood is 1 hour. July in Deadwood sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Spearfish, Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
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Adams House ©
Adams House
Adams Museum ©
Adams Museum

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