9 days in South Dakota & Colorado Itinerary

9 days in South Dakota & Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

Make it your trip
Drive
1
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Rapid City

— 2 nights

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial as well as Sylvan Lake. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reptile Gardens, then identify plant and animal life at Bear Country USA, and then take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rapid City attractions planner.

Minneapolis to Rapid City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Minneapolis in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 27°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip website.

Fly from Rapid City to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Denver are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 3 nights
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.
You've added Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, Forest Canyon Overlook, Sprague Lake, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Downtown Estes Park and Emerald Lake Trail. When in Estes Park, make a side trip to see Chasm Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park, approximately Rocky Mountain National Park away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park tour itinerary app.

Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Denver in March: highs in Estes Park hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.