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Old 10-20-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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NJ to Mt. Rushmore

We are newbies to camping. We bought our first RV almost a year ago. It is a class A, 2008 Fleetwood Excursion.

We would like to travel to Mt. Rushmore next summer, and I am at a loss for how to even begin planning. I am not sure how much time to allow for travelling, how long to stay at Mt. Rushmore or what to see along the way. I am looking for any advice I can get on planning this trip.

We are planning to take 2 weeks total for the trip. My Husband and I will be travelling with our 3 kids ages 13,13 &10, and our dog. Any campground recommendations in Mt. Rushmore? Any recommendations on specific routes or things to see and do along the way?

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Old 10-20-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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Christine,

Welcome to iRV2!

We are in Hunterdon County, NJ and have driven to Mt. Rushmore a few times. We just got back from Sacramento, CA yesterday and we have done MANY long distance RV trips with our now grown boys.

1. We stayed at Custer State Park in SD.
2. Needles highway, Crazy Horse Monument, jeep ride to see the buffalo are all great things to do.
3. On the way, Wall Drug, Badlands, Minuteman missile national monument are all great stops. Also John Deere factory tours in East Moline, IL.

Get a Good Sam or Woodalls campground book to see all your options with ratings. AAA will help plan your route.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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One way that would be appx 1700-1800 miles depending on the route you take. A lot will depend on how many miles a day you wish to drive, which would have to be factored into your two week time period.

We like to drive 300-400 miles a day, no more, then relax at whatever campground we happen to see/find along the way. So for us that would be 5-6 days one way.

We did visit Mt Rushmore in our MH, and they did have parking for us (32'). There are also a lot of campgrounds in the area.

I90 is a good straight route between WI and SD. Chicago can be slow if traffic is high, Indania and Ohio I80/90 are toll roads, but in good shape, although fuel cost can be high. Don't know much about Penn/NY. However it seems the most direct route and would allow for faster travel than the more scenic smaller highways.
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My wife and I were at Rushmore about 3 weeks ago. We stop each day after 5-7 hours driving, max. For instance, we stayed in Mitchell, SD a night then stopped at Wall, SD for 2 nights, the day in between we took the toad and went through Badlands NP. Then we moved to a CG near Hill City, SD for 3 days. From Hill city we toured Rushmore, Chief Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Needles Hwy and US 16a (south to north) In addition, you could go to Wind Cave NP, Deadwood and Sturgis, SD. It's very pretty country and lots to explore. Also the evening lighting of Rushmore is nice and a similar program, with laser show at Chief Crazy Horse. Make time for the Indian museum at Crazy Horse. We often spend the night traveling at a Walmart, never had an issue. I don't like to plan ahead unless it's in a place I know will be very hard to find a spot. We usually call in the early afternoon for a place we plan to stop that evening.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:45 PM   #5
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If you only have two weeks then you are going to have to do some serious mileage in order to get there and back and still have time so see the sites around the Black Hills. When we go there we usually try to do it in the spring because the prairies are so neat when they start waking up and greening up. I-90 will take you across SD and through Mitchell. Save the cost of a CG and stay in the Cabelas parking lot - they invite you to come in, thinking you will spend some bucks. Our first stop cost me something close to 700 dollars. But, you don't have to spend anything.
With only 2 weeks I expect I would pass the badlands and Wall Drug. From Georgia we usually take 3 days to get to Custer. We could push a little more and probably cut a few hours but we are retired and like the slower pace.
There are a number of places to stay after you get to the Hills. Rushmore is really neat, but a few hours there and you can see most everything unless you want to stay and see some of the night show. Crazy Horse is impressive and the museum is worth a half day at least (and that is being in a rush) Luckily the two sites are not that far apart. http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/direct...cs/tatanka.pdf This is a link to the CSP magazine given to all visitors. Visitor Magazine Request Form This will also be of interest to you.

Hope you guys have a great time. If you haven't guessed we love the place and I am thinking my ashes may be scattered there. Wish we were going with you
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Thanks for all the replies so far. We are really looking forward to this trip. We were planning on 2 weeks, but could take 3 weeks if we need to. My husband loves to drive and was planning to take 4 days to get there, spend 3 - 4 days there, then take it slower coming home, stopping to see things along the way back.

He likes to go with no plans. I tend to be more the planner in the family and like to do lots of research.
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I am a former MN boy and PA guy.

Take your time while in the "Hills". Much there. The Passion Play at Spearfish is superb. Also, Jewel Cave Natl Monument is gorgeous! Just my 2c.

I suggest going by way of Parsipany and take I-80 all the way thru PA. The PA-TP really sucks, and the tolls on it will cost you a ton of fuel $
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Be sure to have some reservations in campground if there during peak season!! The fireworks aver Mt Rushmore on July 3 & rv are awesome! Needles hiway !
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Pedal to the metal, there isn't much to see between Indiana and the Black Hills, but a lot to see once you get there. And you might as well push on to Yellowstone, you're already 90% of the way there.
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3 600 mile days are long at 60 mph, about 10 hours of windshield time each day. In summer you have at least 12 hours of daylight so you can decide how many days of travel. It is hard to average much more than 60-65 mph in my opinion.

One thing we did when traveling with the kids is leave mid to late afternoon first day, get 6-8 hours of windshield time in and then have a long day on next day, 10-12 hours of windshield time, so day 3 wasn't as long if possible.

I really like staying at Hill City, very centrally located to Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park (Wildlife Loop with Toad), Needles Highway, Deadwood, Spearfish Canyon Byway, Crazy Horse, and Steam Train are all within about 12 miles other than Spearfish Canyon (about 60 miles). You will need a toad as many of the best sites will have narrow tunnels and low clearance.

Favorite RV parks in Hill City are Crooked Creek and Rafter J, but plenty of others in area.

I would definitely avoid early August due to bike rally at Sturgis just due to traffic. I personally like going to Sturgis but not sure I would take a family trip at this time.

Hill City also has two fun winery's that maybe you and hubby could escape for a couple of hours. Plenty of information available online or go to:

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It is a great trip. Hope you have fun!
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How busy/ crazy is it out there around July 4th. We are looking at next summer's calendar and due to prior commitments ( a wedding) having trouble finding dates. Around July 4th looks like our best bet. Will it be impossible to get into a campground?

We definitely don't want to be there during the bike rally.
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How busy/ crazy is it out there around July 4th. We are looking at next summer's calendar and due to prior commitments ( a wedding) having trouble finding dates. Around July 4th looks like our best bet. Will it be impossible to get into a campground? We definitely don't want to be there during the bike rally.
The 4th is crazy in a lot of places!

If you get your reservation early enough, you can still have a grand time.
Are you calling yet?
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Thanks for all the replies so far. We are really looking forward to this trip. We were planning on 2 weeks, but could take 3 weeks if we need to. My husband loves to drive and was planning to take 4 days to get there, spend 3 - 4 days there, then take it slower coming home, stopping to see things along the way back.

He likes to go with no plans. I tend to be more the planner in the family and like to do lots of research.


as BFlinn181 said, we also like to overnight in walmart, other stores, fuel station, and casino parking lots. they are quick in, quick out boondocking.
sometimes interstate rest areas allow overnight truck and rv parking. you gotta stay away from the trucks as they often idle their engines or run their refrigeration systems all night. kinda noisy.
we use the allstays website extensively to locate walmarts and other places that welcome rvers to park overnight. the allstays website free and is kept up to date by users of the site.

Walmart Locations Store Details & Parking | Walmart Store Locator

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