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Old 06-08-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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Question Must see attractions, South Dakota, late July?

Well, only six weeks to go....and hubby and I are headed west from Michigan to South Dakota. We're heading across I95 to US80...making a couple stops along the way, before arriving at our campground near Hill City, SD. Of course, the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore are on our list, as is the Badlands, Wind Cave, Deadwood, Wall Drug, etc. But can any of you share any other "must sees"? It'll be a two week trip, coming home through the U.P. of Michigan and back down.
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Pioneer Auto Museum Murdo SD. right on I-90. Has 50 style restaurant along with a small early American town set up. Has antiques of every kind. There is a RV park one block west of the Museum.

Corn Palace in Mitchell SD. interesting

While at Rushmore a drive thru Custer State Park is one of the best wildlife viewing parks we have been thru.

The drive on needles highway between Custer State Park & Rushmore is awesome scenery. RV not go on that road. Narrow tunnels. Toad only

Enjoy your trip

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Custer State Park is fantastic. The lakes are fully stocked with trout, making am average fisherman an expert.
The history of the "making" of this park is quite astounding.
Badlands NP is a must, easy to get to with good trails.
Minute missile bases were very interesting. I think a sign on the ops door of one of these below ground on the background of a well known pizza chain " if the first one is not delivered within a minute the next one is on us" or something like that. Great history there.
Wall the town
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Lots to see in the area, don't miss the historic town of Deadwood.

Just a note, Sturgis Bike rally starts officially on August 4th, but the motorcycles typically start coming into the area up to a week ahead, and we are talking about 300,000 - 400,000 people in all. The roads are extremely congested with bikes which can be hairy and at times scary.
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Custer State Park, Needles Highway, Spearfish Canyon ByWay, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, Sundance WY, Lead SD, Keystone (no specific order) are some of my favorites. It isn't that far to map out some nice days to hit several of these in one day and still have time to just sit and relax. Get a map at campground, they will have the Sturgis Rally maps in July and take the toad and explore. There is so much to see, I highly advise doing all the routes both directions for the most part as you will see two totally different views and preferably at different times of days. The drives are scenic, some great eating establishments and hospitality.

I wouldn't be afraid to be in SD up to the weekend of the Rally, traffic will be busier than without the Rally, but many more establishments open and all the bikes lend a unique perspective of people watching. The weekend before the rally rates go up and traffic increases each day.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy the Black Hills as much as I do!

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this is the sign on the door interesting place ,would not want that job .
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Susan & I are Volunteering in Custer St Pk.
Jewel Cave (Link)is a must.
Deadwood (Link), the only place to see is the Adams Museum and a walk down main street..

Sturgis get your Tee shirt.

Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park (Link)

Take a trail ride in the Blue Bell Stables (Link)

Do Mount Rushmore at Night then onto Crazy Horse (Link)
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Custer State Park, Needles Highway, Spearfish Canyon ByWay, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, Sundance WY, Lead SD, Keystone (no specific order) are some of my favorites. It isn't that far to map out some nice days to hit several of these in one day and still have time to just sit and relax. Get a map at campground, they will have the Sturgis Rally maps in July and take the toad and explore. There is so much to see, I highly advise doing all the routes both directions for the most part as you will see two totally different views and preferably at different times of days. The drives are scenic, some great eating establishments and hospitality.

I wouldn't be afraid to be in SD up to the weekend of the Rally, traffic will be busier than without the Rally, but many more establishments open and all the bikes lend a unique perspective of people watching. The weekend before the rally rates go up and traffic increases each day.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy the Black Hills as much as I do!

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I apologize, I meant to say I wouldn't be afraid to be in SD up to the weekend BEFORE the Rally.
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Go to Hill City and ride the steam railroad. Round trip is a few hours and worth it.
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Go to Hill City and ride the steam railroad. Round trip is a few hours and worth it.
Sorry, was in a hurry to walk out of the house yesterday - the train goes back and forth between Hill City and Keystone with a layover in Keystone for shopping or lunch. Very nice ride and lots of wildlife seen from the train. One deer was laying (bedded down) next to the tracks right out of the station. It was looking up at us as we looked down to se it, just 6 feet from the tracks!

As for the bikes for the rally - they do go early in great numbers. I saw so many leaving last year, the day before the official start of the rally, I thought I had the wrong dates and checked the internet to be sure. Drive carefully and look twice before pulling out or turning. Signal all turns in advance so they know your intentions and all will be ok.
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Lived in Rapid when stationed at Ellsworth in the 70sand have been back several times since. Strugis was xclose to my Lauch control center and in those days the main street was lined with 100s of bikes but it was not that bad. Now it's 100 of thousands spread all over the Black Hills. The Sturgis Rally has grown so big I would recommend avoiding the area a week before to a week after. We went though there last year the week before and week after the rally. We were lucky enough to gata place at the base in overflow but every campgound for miles around was full, all the resturants and tourist places had waiting lines and traffic was very slow.
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In Hot Springs there is the Mammoth Site: Welcome to The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota which is very interesting.
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Not mentioned in this discussion yet, is the Iron Mtn Road. It runs from the entrance station on the east side of the park, up, around and to parts of the park to the Rushmore Memorial. There are a couple of the 'pig-tail' bridges on this road - interestingly enough, made from wood. Also a vein of solid rose quartz that is easily seen, but you have to look to find, maybe 4-5 feet in diameter.
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