15 days in Yellowstone National Park & Badlands National Park Itinerary

15 days in Yellowstone National Park & Badlands National Park Itinerary

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15 days in Yellowstone National Park & Badlands National Park Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+3
Train + Foot + Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 9 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  6 h 45 min
2
Badlands National Park
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Philadelphia

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yellowstone National Park: Grand Teton National Park (Potholes Turnout, Grand Teton National Park & Grand Teton). There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, trek along Artist Point, cruise along Lamar Valley, and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planning website .

Philadelphia to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Yellowstone National Park. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, Beartooth Hwy
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

5
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
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.
Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail in Custer--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook, and browse the different shops at Wall Drug.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park day trip planner .

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 87°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, Badlands National Park, Wall Drug
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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