13 days in Missouri, South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

13 days in Missouri, South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Saint Louis
— 1 night
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Branson
— 3 nights
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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Sioux Falls
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Saint Louis

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
On the 19th (Sat), examine the collection at City Museum and then don't miss a visit to The Gateway Arch. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Saint Louis Zoo, and then stroll around Tilles Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint Louis trip itinerary planning app.

New York City to Saint Louis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Saint Louis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 29°F in Saint Louis. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Branson.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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Branson

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 21st (Mon) at Silver Dollar City. Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at VIP Tours of Branson, take some stellar pictures from 165 Scenic Overlook, deepen your understanding at College of the Ozarks, and learn about winemaking at Stone Hill Winery.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Branson trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Saint Louis to Branson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Branson sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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Kansas City

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, then learn insider's secrets on Barley Bus Tours, and then sample the fine beverages at Tom's Town Distilling Co.. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at National WWI Museum and Memorial, steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, and then examine the collection at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kansas City trip planner.

You can drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Kansas City sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sioux Falls.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of South Dakota, then hike along Sioux Falls Bike Trails, and then stroll around Falls Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral and then take an in-depth tour of Old Courthouse Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sioux Falls trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Kansas City to Sioux Falls in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kansas City in December: high temperatures in Sioux Falls hover around 30°F and lows are around 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

4
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Yellowstone National Park

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 historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elephant Back Mountain, contemplate the waterfront views at Lehardy's Rapids, take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, and don't miss a visit to The 45th Parallel.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park road trip planner.

You can fly from Sioux Falls to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Sioux Falls to Yellowstone National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Sioux Falls - with highs of 23°F and lows of 3°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Missouri travel guide

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Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

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.