9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Rapid City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, pause for some photo ops at The Colorado Freedom Memorial, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary builder app .

Newark to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Denver due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in May, with highs in Denver at 66°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Garden of the Gods, The Colorado Freedom Memorial, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park travel route website .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park attractions planner.

Estes Park is just a stone's throw from Rocky Mountain National Park. May in Estes Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Spas
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Spas
Horseback Riding Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

1
night
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
On the 31st (Sun), learn about all things military at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Reptile Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Rapid City.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Rapid City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Estes Park in May, you will find days in Rapid City are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Custer.

Things to do in Rapid City

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Neighborhoods
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Reptile Gardens ©
Reptile Gardens
South Dakota Air and Space Museum ©
South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Firehouse Wine Cellars ©
Firehouse Wine Cellars

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 1st (Mon), appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and then take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Custer takes an hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rapid City in May, with highs in Custer at 59°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Prairie Berry Winery, Crazy Horse Memorial
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial ©
Crazy Horse Memorial
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

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