9 days in Colorado, Rapid City & Cheyenne Itinerary

9 days in Colorado, Rapid City & Cheyenne Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado, Rapid City & Cheyenne Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  12​h
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
4
Rapid City
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
5
Cheyenne
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Denver Union Station and Breckenridge Brewery. On the 6th (Sat), see a show at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, sample the tasty concoctions at Breckenridge Brewery, then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of 16th Street Mall. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Mount Evans Scenic Byway and then identify plant and animal life at Summit Lake Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Denver sightseeing tool .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Denver is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from San Juan in July, Denver is a bit cooler at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, Summit Lake Park, Breckenridge Brewery
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park

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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.
Trail Ridge Road has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In July in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

1
night
Estes Park

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.
To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary builder site .

Estes Park is very close to Rocky Mountain National Park. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 9th (Tue), you're off toRapid City.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours
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2
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Loop Road has been added to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rapid City itinerary maker tool .

You can fly from Estes Park to Rapid City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Estes Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Rapid City, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Rapid City

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Loop Road
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

1
night
Cheyenne

Cheyenne
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cheyenne day trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Rapid City to Cheyenne in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Rapid City in July, Cheyenne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. You will leave for home on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Cheyenne

Parks Outdoors Museums
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