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Old 06-02-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Seeking advice for Mt Rushmore area

I am planning to knock Mt Rushmore off of my bucket list in about three weeks. I am flying in to Rapid City with my 18 and 8 year old...then hotel staying (not camping).

We plan to see Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, and Devils Tower. I am asking for everyones advice on must see/do things while we are there, as well as fun things to do with the kids.

Any oddities that aren't in the travel brochures are good too.

Thanks for any help you can share.
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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Bear Country is awesome. Reptile Gardens is okay. South of there is a mamoth dig sight that is well worth going to see. There are several caves in the area that are pretty cool. The Needles Highway is woth the drive. There is alot to do and see there. It is probably one of the favorite vacations we have taken.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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"Custer State Park" is a must to see where the buffalo room. Ditto on the Mammoth site.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:42 PM   #4
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Don't forget the maze and yes Needles highway is awesome. Depends what your kids like there is a place called The Ranch that has go carts and water bumper boats our kids had a blast there. There is also the 1880 train and the Tram ride in Keystone and don't forget the lighting ceremony at the Faces. Get a travel magazine for the area usually some good really good ideas and some good and fun for the kids too, dinner shows.
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I was at the Last Stand site in Wyoming in the late 70's (1970's that is) and the Beware of Rattlesnakes signs were a real turn-off.

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Old 06-03-2012, 10:18 PM   #6
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Adding the mammoth site (as it's near Wind Cave) and needles hwy to our itinerary. Don't think I will have time to drive as far as Custers Last stand site, but would like too. Devil's Tower is as far as we planned to foray into Wyoming.

Any idea on how long it takes to tour Bear Country?
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:35 PM   #7
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Devils Tower was cool. I took the trip from hell to knock it off my bucket list. The bike broke down in the middle of the sand hills on HWY 2 in Nebraska and it took two days and a 300 mile ride through the fiercest thunderstorm I've ever ridden in battling 70 MPH cross winds on the back of another bike only to find out all I needed was a new connector on my alternator. We finally made it there on the last day of my vacation and this is what I got to see.
Luckily for me I was able to get a better photo of the whole thing a short time later. When I got there and saw this I got a pretty good laugh so I'm sharing...even though it doesn't help you on your quest.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:43 PM   #8
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Mt. Rushmore is the least interesting thing to see. Crazy Horse is great, lots of history in the museum. And I will also put in a vote for the needles Highway.
The Devil's Tower is really good, but only if you plan to hike a bit around the base, as that gives the best perspective on the structure of it.
The caves in the Black Hills are also great. It was a few years ago that we went, but I think it was Wind Cave? The only bad part was that I bashed my head into the roof climbing out! , so keep your head down!
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If you are former military or a patriot in any way I would highly recommend the thing they do in retiring the colors at Rushmore( you can be involved in it if you are former military) I would also recommend going through the Badlands, it is an hour east of Rapid city
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I'll be up there on the week of the 19th. Watch this post for ideas also. Thanks guys.
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