16 days in South Dakota, Wyoming & Colorado Itinerary

16 days in South Dakota, Wyoming & Colorado Itinerary

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Keystone
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Gateway
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Boulder
— 1 night
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Keystone

— 2 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 3rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Presidential Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak and then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Keystone trip itinerary website.

Dayton to Keystone is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Dayton to Keystone is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dayton in April, things will get little chillier in Keystone: highs are around 50°F and lows about 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, contemplate the geological forces at Mud Volcano, take in the awesome beauty at Elephant Back Mountain, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park road trip site.

You can fly from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Keystone in April: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 42°F and lows are around 17°F. You'll set off for Gateway on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:

Gateway

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gateway journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yellowstone National Park to Gateway. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Gateway: highs are around 62°F and lows about 35°F. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Gateway

Museums
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake & Thermal Spas). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Aspen Snowmass, walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, deepen your understanding at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planning app.

Getting from Gateway to Aspen by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Gateway in April, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 53°F and lows about 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Boulder.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Boulder

— 1 night

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 14th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, and then deepen your understanding at University of Colorado at Boulder.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Boulder travel route builder app.

Fly from Aspen to Boulder in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in April, with highs in Boulder at 59°F and lows at 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boulder

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then walk around Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Emporium.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Boulder to Colorado Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

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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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
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.

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.