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Old 05-20-2015, 01:38 PM   #11
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We went there in 1977 and again two years ago.A must see for anyone.You must go to Crazy Horse also.We spent over half a day there and had been there before too.I would really hate to drive a MH up there though.Parking is really not that great.If you don't have a toad,I'd stay in Rapid City and rent one.To much to see and it will make getting around much easier.

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Old 05-20-2015, 02:00 PM   #12
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Mt Rushmore

I assume you are new to all this. If your serious about seeing the country, I would purchase a Passport America Membership. They have a special going now and it's 179.00 for 5 years and another 6 months free.
The reason for the sales pitch is we stayed at Heartland RV Park in Hermosa SD. it's near all the area attractions, and with the Passport America you save 50%.
We stayed there in June 2013 and it's a great place with friendly people.
The Passport America rates are 15.00 to 25.00 a day and good for an unlimited stay. Passport America has participating campground all over the country. It's a Great deal.
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:03 PM   #13
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Itís an easy drive to the Mount Rushmore area from MO so by all means take the motorhome. Are you bringing a toad? If not, you could stop off in Rapid City, SD and rent one there to use for touring the area. A drive along the Needles highway is a must do in my opinion and not possible in a motorhome.

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I had seen that shirt as well but was puzzled. Wasn't sure of the message, if any. The presidents selected for the monument, don't represent the founding fathers, the selection was for a different reason. As far as the Chiefs, maybe thats what the intent was, but still confusing to me.
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Old 05-20-2015, 02:54 PM   #14
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X2 on passport America club. We went last year, a few weeks before biker rally. Stayed at No Name City rv park. They were doing a lot of shade but it was cool. Take a toad, you end up doing a lot of driving otherwise, but the place was nice. 1/2 price all eight days we were there. I-29 north to Sioux Falls, I90- west to sturgiss. Stayed one night in Mitchell about 1/2 way. Had plenty of time to see Corn Palace. R. & R. Campground, 1/2 price. Enjoy yourselves and safe driving.
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Old 05-20-2015, 03:06 PM   #15
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We went three years ago and it was a great trip. You can go to my profile and see a photo albumn. The wildlife loop drive is a must if you go about two hours before sunset. If you do camp in Custer State Park--the buffalo roam free and may come by for a visit!

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Old 05-20-2015, 04:02 PM   #16
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hope to go there next year
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:53 PM   #17
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Was there two years ago. Before leaving the Rushmore parking area, check with the ranger and they will radio ahead to a gated road offsite that will allow access to the designers house. There is a picture window and telescope to look at the mountain. Story is the designer took messurements daily and monitored the construction from there. No cost, took an extra 45 minutes to get access, really neat to see. There is a similar setup at Crazy Horse in the museum area.
Also if you drive the mountain drive, as you go through the tunnels, each tunnel enterance frames Mt Rushmore. The trees are kept clear cut to provide the view. I was told as part as the land acquit ion, the tunnels had to be constructed to provide the view. There are three tunnels if I remember correctly. Definely need a TV or rental to do the drive. Saw a Class C gum up the works backing and pulling forward to get through parked cars and the tight turns. There are several wooden bridges there as well, may be weight restrictions.
Other things we saw in the week we stayed there, Elsworth AFB, home of the SR17, blackbird at the museum along with a lot of Cold War missile displays, Several other aircraft of WWII area. Center of the United States at Belle Fouche, SD. Stop by Walls Drug Store on the way in, vets get free coffee and a dounut! And lastly, try the buffalo ribs in the Rapid City Area, unbelievably good!
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:30 PM   #18
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A Must

We took a trip there 2 years ago just before the Sturgis hoopla.... loved it and would do it again! I have to say if you drive your RV and don't tow a small car you will miss out!

We stayed at a great campground "Rush no More"... and followed their directions to the site (thank god)! Iron Mountain Road is an amazing must do experience and you need a car to do it.

I wasn't too interested in Mount Rushmore before the trip... did the dusk spectacular and must admit it was extremely patriotic and moving (even for my daughter's - 10 and 12 at the time)!

We actually moved on to Yellowstone from there... the entire trip was wonderful! we only had 2 wks for the trip from Michigan to Wyoming - wish we'd had more! South Dakota is beautiful and soo much to see!
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:29 PM   #19
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I've been there twice in the 70's, we're going this year, arriving just after the Sturgis Rally. My husband has never been.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:41 PM   #20
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thank you for all your replies, sounds like Driving the Rv is a must for the trip. I will take everyones advice though and rent a car while I am there. Is it okay to drive the rv to the monument or should I set up camp and drive the rental there? sounds like the monument is going to take a small amount of time to see (especially with my boys) and I will defiantly go see the crazy horse monument. I am not sure if I need to start another topic but I noticed that I seem to be the only one without a toad. Any suggestions on the cheapest toad to get and is it best to tow on all four or on a dolly. Is it true that if you are towing a vehicle is it correct that you cannot back up at all with the car attached.

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