15 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

15 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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15 days in South Dakota & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Rapid City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Philip
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Chamberlain
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: San Antonio

4
nights
Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Bring the kids along to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Black Hills National Forest. Step out of the city life by going to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Bear Country USA. Change things up with these side-trips from Rapid City: Custer (Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Downtown Rapid City, look for gifts at Alex Johnson Mercantile, see the interesting displays at South Dakota Air and Space Museum, and learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rapid City trip planner .

San Antonio to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Rapid City is minus 1 hour. When traveling from San Antonio in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Philip.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Custer, Prairie Berry Winery, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Bear Country USA ©
Bear Country USA
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park

2
nights
Philip

Philip ©
Philip is a city in Haakon County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Badlands National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then explore and take pictures at Loop Road, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Philip online route planner .

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Philip takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Philip are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Chamberlain.

Things to do in Philip

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

1
night
Chamberlain

Chamberlain ©
Chamberlain is a city in Brule County, South Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get outside with Allen's Hillside Guide Service - Day Adventures, then pause for some photo ops at Dignity, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old West Trading Post, and finally take an in-depth tour of Akta Lakota Museum.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Chamberlain trip planner .

Traveling by car from Philip to Chamberlain takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Chamberlain are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Chamberlain

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Old West Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Akta Lakota Museum ©
Akta Lakota Museum
Dignity ©
Dignity
Old West Trading Post ©
Old West Trading Post

6
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Escape the urban bustle at Lone Star Geyser and Lower Geyser Basin. Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and explore the striking landscape of Old Faithful Visitor Education Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Chamberlain to Yellowstone National Park. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chamberlain in October, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 47°F and 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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