7 days in South Dakota, Wyoming & Colorado Itinerary

7 days in South Dakota, Wyoming & Colorado Itinerary

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Custer
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Custer — 2 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then take an unforgettable tour with Black Hills Helicopters, then delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Black Hills.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer planning website.

Kansas City to Custer is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kansas City to Custer, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Custer is a bit cooler than Kansas City - with highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, trek along Monument Geyser Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, contemplate the waterfront views at Lehardy's Rapids, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Beryl Spring. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, don't miss a visit to Petrified Tree, witness a stunning natural landmark at Lone Star Geyser, then admire the sheer force of Kepler Cascades, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park travel planner.

You can fly from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Custer in September: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 60°F and lows are around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jackson Hole.
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Jackson Hole — 1 night

The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 3rd (Mon), let the river carry you with Barker-Ewing Whitewater, then fly down the slopes at Rendezvous Mountain, then identify plant and animal life at Ana's Grand Excursions, and finally make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jackson Hole trip maker app.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jackson Hole: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 1 night

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 4th (Tue): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then get interesting insight from Tours.

Plan my day in Colorado Springs using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Jackson Hole in October; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 67°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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South Dakota travel guide

4.3
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.
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Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · Wildlife Areas
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.
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Colorado travel guide

4.3
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.
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