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Old 06-02-2014, 12:24 PM   #1
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Headin to Mt. Rushmore this summer

Just wondering if anyone has any places to see/avoid for a trip to Mt Rushmore?

We are heading down in early July for a week and a half from SW Alberta.. Looking at the maps, we'll probably make our way past Helena, MT the first day then..??? The wife was mentioning maybe doing a loop and coming back through Cheyenne and across to Grand Teton Park and then back up...

Any info would be great!

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Old 06-02-2014, 12:37 PM   #2
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Save some time to visit Crazy Horse Mountain. Strictly a privately funded project that in size only, dwarfs Mt. Rushmore. Mt. Rushmore is a breathtaking, beautiful sight. Most of all, HAVE FUN!

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Old 06-02-2014, 01:05 PM   #3
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I always make it a point to see Deadwood and Lead and if I have time go up North to Spearfish.
There's a nice and quiet campground right on Spearfish creek near the old fish hatchery that you can tour if you want.

I guess everyone should see the Badlands once. SD is one of my favorite places.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:20 PM   #4
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Try to miss bike week unless that is why you are going. August 4-10. Needles Highway is great (without trailer) and the Custer State Park wildlife route is nice. I will be there at the end of June.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:26 PM   #5
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The 1880 train ride between Keystone and Hill City was nice. If your at Crazy horse stop at near by Boyd's Antiques.
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Old 06-02-2014, 01:59 PM   #6
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Just got back from that area...Needles Hwy is in that area, there's a couple of tunnels too small for an RV but a real nice drive....Here's a photo I took, it was cloudy so I worked the photo some but you get the idea...
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:55 PM   #7
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To add to the above posts I'd check out the Badlands and Wall Drug too.
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:09 PM   #8
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Visit Custer State Park. We also enjoyed visiting Wind Cave & Jewell Cave. If you are in a vehicle smaller than an RV take the highway with the tunnels that showcase Mt. Rushmore and have some fantastic pigtail bridges on it. It was a fun drive. Needles highway is a plus as well (no RV's). By the way try & take the time to see Mt. Rushmore at night under lights. Just another great way to view this landmark. When we went they had a fantastic program in the amphitheater.
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Avoid the gift shop and eat and drink your fill BEFORE you got to Mt. Rushmore.

$9.50 for a Buf burger and fries plus $2.50 for a med soda.

Plan on spending more time at Crazy Horse than you think you should because it is quiet expansive.

The Indian interpretive center alone needs quiet awhile to go thru.
Parking is $11 per person vs $11 for two adults and one child at Rushmore. (prices are what we paid, your cost may differ)
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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.

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