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Old 06-02-2014, 08:12 PM   #11
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If you're staying around Rushmore, Rushmore KOA is phenomenal! Has everything at the campgrounds that you need (many food choices, options for kids, nice camping store) Located in Hill City, facilities are top notch. At night, they have bus rides to Rushmore. They light up the monument and have veterans memorial service.....very touching. And you don't have to worry about driving to and parking there. They charge only a nominal fee. Also agree...Deadwood and lead. Also, Devils Tower a must see. Tons of great things to do in the area. If you go as far as Yellowstone, definitely stop in Cody and see Buffalo Bill museum.
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:42 PM   #12
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Just a tip, if you do make it to the Badlands, if you're like me and love taking photos then go anytime other than the middle of the day because the contrast of lighting either at sun up or sun down here is amazing.

Not to mention it can get pretty warm there.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:03 PM   #13
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I have stayed at the KOA in Custer SD but there are CG's everywhere most have a theme of some sort. I did like the Custer KOA, the KOA nearer to Rushmore really looked crowded. There are a jillion tourist traps everywhere you turn so choose wisely Grasshopper.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:29 PM   #14
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Rushmore was great but Crazy Horse blows it away. Must see! If you can swing it Badlands is spectacular. Beautiful area all around.
Washington, our greatest president Jefferson, principle founder Lincoln, our second greatest president and Roosevelt, which had vision for the national parks. Nah, I disagree.
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I highly recommend Rafter J Bar Ranch campground. Also if you make the trip to Yellowstone, stop in at the Erma. Wild Bills hotel in Cody,very good lunch buffet. I have to say the gift shop at mt Rushmore was not that unreasonable. But I was not hungry or thirsty. We spoke to a nice gentleman there,who was the photographer, who took the pic of the last gathering of the great Indian chiefs. Take the hike to artist observation/living quarters,..... Ah, have fun!!!!
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Check out my profile which has a photo album attached from our trip there 2 years ago. Great trip overall. Enjoy!
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:52 PM   #17
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I was there the summer after 9/11. What a mess. They had orange mesh fencing ALL THE WAY AROUND THE MOUNTAIN, and armed Nat'l Guard guys every 150 ft around the mountain. Every car was checked underneath with a mirror and bomb-sniffing dogs. All bags were searched. Took us about an hour to get through all the security. It's not like that anymore, thank goodness.
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Washington, our greatest president Jefferson, principle founder Lincoln, our second greatest president and Roosevelt, which had vision for the national parks. Nah, I disagree.
It was not a poke at the men. Merely the monument. Rushmore is spectacular. For me Crazy Horse was and potentially will be more. Only an opinion. Nothing else intended.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:37 PM   #19
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Many good ones listed here. I was there this past September. I agree with needles highway, Custer start park, Wall drug, and if Yellowstone is on your route, drive the bear tooth scenic route, but make sure you have plenty of HP and braking power. Beautiful drive from Montana into Yellowstone.

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It was not a poke at the men. Merely the monument. Rushmore is spectacular. For me Crazy Horse was and potentially will be more. Only an opinion. Nothing else intended.
I have to agree with 5erDriver, Mount Rushmore is a tremendous monument to the 4 presidents, but SIZEWISE only, it is dwarfed by Crazy Horse and is all privately funded vs. Rushmore was government funded. Two magnificent monuments. Here is a picture taken in 1964 with the man who started the project and his family is carrying on with his dream. Disregard the jerk in the white polo shirt.
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