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Old 02-14-2018, 02:45 PM   #1
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Mount Rushmore

Planting a trip southwest Washington to Mount Rushmore e this early spring, has anyone done this trip? Any nice places worth to check out on the way there and back???? Bucket list place to see.....

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Yellowstone, Tetons, Devils Tower are all pretty big 'bucket list' stuff.

Some lesser places that are near Rushmore include: Wall Drug, Badlands, Deadwood, Minuteman Missile National Historic site, mammoth site in Hot Springs, SD

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Old 02-14-2018, 04:43 PM   #3
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Crazy Horse definitely worth a stop.
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Spearfish Canyon and Deadwood.
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:28 AM   #5
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I agree Crazy Horse is a must miss.
Custer State park is a great area to set up as a home base for the area. One of the most beautiful state parks in the country (should be a national park). They did have a major fire there this past years so some damage will be around.
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Agree on Devil's Tower, Deadwood and Crazy Horse. There's the 1880 train near Mount Rushmore. Great ride! Custer battlefield is another place to see.

Also, along I-80 is Fort Bridger.
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:09 AM   #7
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The entire Black Hills area has become a destination rather than a stop-off on the way to Yellowstone. This is a great area. We spent two summers there and there are places we visited several times simply because they are beautiful.
Rushmore is no exception. Different times of day and varying light gives a different perspective. Iron Mountain Road runs from Rushmore (Keystone)down to the Hermosa - Custer hiway through some great views and county side.
Ride some of the dirt/gravel roads around Custer City and the Park and see where local history was made. Lame Johnny was hung and is buried near Buffalo Gap south of Hermosa. Take a week and just ride and look
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I was surprised at all there is to do in that area. Used to think after seeing Mt Rushmore you were done, but we spent a week there and did something everyday. Mt Rushmore, Deadwood, Custer State Park, Wind Cave NP and Devil's Tower are biggies. Little trips included Rapid City, the museum at Ellsworth AFB, and just visiting the small towns in the area. We stayed at Rafter J Bar Ranch and did all the day trips from there. I'd go back again.
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While in the Rushmore area drive the Needles Highway if you have a couple of hours. Lots to see and do as others have pointed out....
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Grew up in the Columbia River Gorge and made the trip back and forth to SD many times. On the way, Cour 'D' Alene Idaho is an interesting little town and worth a stop. Kind of a tourist oriented place with charm and a very great location. We stayed at Blackwell Island campground not sure if they are open all year. Devils Tour is worth a stop but probably only for a couple hours unless you want to do some hiking.Having lived in Rapid City can guarantee there is plenty to do in in the Black Hills. Could easily spend a couple weeks and still not see/do everything. Depends on what your interests are. I think Deadwood was ruined by the gambling and Crazy Horse has been too commercialized and expensive but still worth seeing. If you want to do something different there is a Minuteman Launch Center for tours. I like Wall SD really a tourist trap but a good one especially for kids. Area is a great place to visit. Pick and choose.
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Not sure if your plans involve I-90. If they do both Missoula and Bozeman are college towns with great restaurants and brew pubs. Can you tell I like to eat and drink beer. Butte has a mining museum and a interesting downtown with older turn of the century buildings. And a brew pub . The battlefield at Big Horn is a must stop. Buffalo is a very interesting town. The KOA campground is very nice and there is a great restaurant down the street called Winchesterís I recommend. East and north of Gillette is Devils Tower others have mentioned. North of Devils Tower is the small town of Hewlett. Stop for ice cream at the R-deli . If you have time I would not go back to the interstate after visiting Devil Tower,but rather take the road from Hewlett and travel to Belle Fourche SD, then turn back south to I-90. Beautiful drive. If your into motorcycles the meuseum in Sturgis is worth a stop. And then your in the Black Hills. Tons of things to do as mentioned by others above. Itís a long ways across Montana some of it rather boring, but a good road. Have fun
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[QUOTE=momdoc;4040422]I agree Crazy Horse is a must miss.[j/QUOTE]

I completely agree. Itís a waste of time and money. Avoid it!
I don't have to have all the money in the world - just enough not to worry about it.
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We went to that area in 2005 on our Harleys during the Sturgis rally! Beautiful area and lots to see. I think all of the suggestions above are right on. Just make sure you give yourself enough time.
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When we visit that area,we usually stay at a campground in Hill City SD.it's a good central location.

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