Peoria to Yellowstone National Park Road Trip Guide


Peoria is a lively city in the heart of Illinois with spectacular attractions and state-of-the-art amenities that make it such a beautiful place to live or enjoy time away from home. Sitting midway between St. Louis and Chicago is this city with hospitable people as well as remarkable arts and culture.

There’s no way you can have a boring moment here, owing to the numerous things you can do both in outdoor and indoor settings. The tasty food and drinks in the city are second to none, the parks and outdoor recreation facilities are well-equipped for all kinds of recreation, and the various festivals are nothing short of entertaining. Popular attractions include Ackerman Family Farms, Caterpillar Visitor Center, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, and Escapetown Peoria.

A higher taste of funtainment awaits as you embark on the 1,295-mile drive west to Yellowstone National Park in your RV. This road trip, which will take you through lots of interesting cities in Iowa and South Dakota, will bring you to Wyoming which is yet another haven for fun lovers.

When you arrive, you can join other visitors in enjoying the geologic and hydrothermal wonders Yellowstone National Park is known for, while also engaging in outdoor pursuits like fishing, boating, picnicking, and camping.

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Point of Interest

Elton E Fawks Bald Eagle Refuge Nature Preserve

Just before you leave Illinois on Interstate 80, make a stop at Elton E Fawks Bald Eagle Refuge Nature Preserve to see this beautiful roosting site for bald eagles. Since the facility was dedicated in September 1989, it has been a major winter feeding site for bald eagles. Here, you will get to see forest vegetation too such as sugar maple, second-growth oaks, black walnut, shagbark hickory, and black cherry. In spring, wild ginger, Dutchmen’s breeches, and bloodroot trillium also decorate the Nature Preserve’s corridors.

If you visit between October and April, during which time the park is closed to allow for roosting, you can proceed to Illiniwek Forest Preserve where a host of recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, and biking, as well as boating are available. Campsites with electric and water hookups are also provided for guests with RVs and motorhomes.

Deerwood Park Evansdale Iowa

Besides being a beautiful campground sitting on the shore of a scenic lake in Evansdale, Deerwood Park is a great place to enjoy a number of outdoor activities with family and friends. One of the most popular activities here is disc golfing and this facility promotes the experience – an 18-hole course, pro and amateur tee pads, moderate to challenging holes, as well as woods and meadow. As a result, interested visitors have a swell time playing disc golf here.

Sharing a meal with your travel colleagues is yet another way to maximize your time at this park - picnic shelters with picnic tables are provided. Fishing and kayaking are other ways to stay active here. When you’re ready to call it a day, you can make use of any of the sites within the campground. Full, partial, and no-hookup campsites are available.

Bacon Creek Park

Just before driving into the heart of Sioux City, you’ll find Bacon Creek Park sitting on the shore of a small fishing lake (bluegill, largemouth bass, channel catfish are available). This park is a great place to take a break from driving and spend quality time outdoors. Here, you’ll find a 2.8-mile nature trail that winds through wooded areas. If you choose to hike this trail, be prepared to see some wildlife and lots of wildflowers. Wildlife you’ll get to see include muskrat, deer, beaver, fox, and pheasant. Some birds like red-tailed hawks, great blue herons, songbirds, and red-winged blackbirds soar above this park too. A more challenging trail goes up the hill if you’re up for that.

You can enjoy picnics here either at the primitive picnic area that lies within the woods or the modern picnic sites just overlooking the lake. Drive to Sioux City North KOA Holiday in North Sioux City for a beautiful overnight camping experience.

East Vermillion Lake

East Vermillion Lake is a clear water lake southwest of Humboldt, South Dakota, popular for the premier fishing experiences that are enjoyed on it. This lake in McCook County is a well-known destination for anglers as numerous fish species call the lake’s waters home. Fish caught here include channel catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, walleye, and northern pike. Don’t be surprised if you pick up yellow perch and yellow bullhead.

After a memorable angling experience on the lake, feel free to visit Lake Vermillion Recreation Area where you will enjoy additional outdoor opportunities such as biking, hiking, birdwatching, volleyball, and basketball. You’ll find good places to launch boats, kayaks, and canoes from the park too.

Tents and RVs are welcome. Three campgrounds with 94 campsites are available here and cabins are also provided. You can make reservations for any of the electric and non-electric sites.

Pioneer Auto Museum

If you’re a lover of automobiles, then you should definitely stop by at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo. This museum, which is home to more than 270 classic cars, 60 motorcycles, 50 tractors, as well as many other antiques, has been a site of fun activities since 1954.

There are plenty of ways to stay active here as various programs and tours are organized for visitors in the museum. Depending on what interests you, you can join the Car Tour, Tractor Tour, or Motorcycle Tour, while you allow your children to enjoy the Kid’s Treasure Hunt. After the tour, you can enjoy good ice cream in the museum. Some attractions in the area include the Covered Wagon Café and the WNAX Gas Station. For a good meal, you can drive less than a mile west to Buffalo Bar and Restaurant. Pol’s Campground is a good place to stay overnight before leaving for Black Hills National Forest.

Black Hills National Forest

It’s now time to enjoy nature in its most pristine form within this 1,875 square mile National Forest in Custer, South Dakota. Black Hills National Forest features a wide range of habitats that range from grassland areas to ponderosa pine forests and mountainous sections.

While you’re here, be ready to come in contact with diverse plants and wildlife species, and engage in a wide range of fun-filled activities including mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. If your desire is sightseeing, rest assured you won’t run out of places to view – canyons, rock formations, gulches, lakes, and streams.

It may interest you to know that this National Forest has eleven reservoirs, two scenic byways, twenty-six picnic areas, 20 square miles of wilderness areas, and more than 350 miles of trails. Within the over 30 campgrounds here, you’ll definitely find a place that suits your accommodation needs.

Keyhole Reservoir

Keyhole Reservoir, located in Pine Haven, Wyoming is a beautiful destination for water-based recreation activities, particularly fishing and water sports. Angling enthusiasts easily catch walleye, smallmouth bass, catfish, and northern pike in this lake, while other visitors swim or boat on the lake’s waters.

More adventure awaits at Keyhole State Park on the eastern area of the lake’s shore where you can enjoy picnics, birdwatching, and hiking opportunities. If you visit in winter, you’ll have an exciting snowmobiling adventure here. Some of the facilities available in the park include a dump station, restrooms, showers, potable water, and grills. Pets are allowed here, so feel free to come with them. Just make sure you keep them on a leash and clean up after them. As far as camping is concerned, both primitive campsites and RV campsites are available, so come along with your tents.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

The perfect way to bring this exciting RV road trip to an end is to visit this facility in Cody which houses five museums under only one roof - Buffalo Bill Center of the West. You can be sure that you’ll get the full Wild West experience when you explore the museums that will enlighten you about Plain Indian culture, Yellowstone, Buffalo Bill, and western art. As you’re taken back in time to the age of cowboys and cowgirls, you’ll enjoy every bit of the learning and fun experience.

Each museum in this facility founded in 1917 - Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, and The New Cody Firearms Museum tells a unique story that you will definitely enjoy knowing.

Cody KOA Holiday is a premier camping destination in the city that caters to diverse tent and RV camping needs. The sites are available by reservation and accommodate RVs as long as 80 feet.


Welcome to Yellowstone National Park, a haven for every visitor’s desire and recreational pursuit. This enormous park delights hikers, nature lovers and observers, sightseers, adventurers, and a host of other enthusiasts. If you’re a cyclist, horseback rider, angler, or fancy boating, rest assured there’s plenty of room for you to do what you love here.

Pencil in a visit to places like Grand Canyon, Mammoth Hot Springs, and Norris Geyser Basin while you’re here. There are 12 campgrounds in this park with more than 2,000 sites, so you’ll get all you need for your camping experience.

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