17 days in Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
Badlands National Park
— 3 nights


Telluride — 2 nights

The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Telluride: Owl Creek Pass and Silver Jack Reservoir (in Ridgway), Idarado Mine (in Silverton) and Ouray (Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, Ouray Alchemist Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alpine Chapel, and get engrossed in the history at Telluride Historical Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Telluride trip itinerary planning app.

New York City to Telluride is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Telluride is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in Telluride reach 72°F and lows reach 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Durango.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Durango — 2 nights

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Million Dollar Highway, then view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip planner.

You can drive from Telluride to Durango in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Telluride in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Durango, with highs around 85°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive
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Buena Vista — 2 nights

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): see a world frozen in time at Winfield, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of South Park City Museum and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip site.

Drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Buena Vista are little chillier (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums
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Colorado Springs — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park & River Rafting & Tubing) and Molly Brown House Museum (in Denver). There's lots more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

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You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Buena Vista in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Custer.
Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure
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Custer — 3 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Take a break from Custer with a short trip to Presidential Trail in Keystone, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Custer sightseeing site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Custer by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, expect Custer to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Badlands National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature
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Badlands National Park — 3 nights

Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Go for a jaunt from Badlands National Park to Interior to see Hurley Butte Horseback Riding about 40 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's much more to do: cruise along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in June, expect Badlands National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Colorado travel guide

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.

South Dakota travel guide

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.