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Old 05-20-2014, 08:06 AM   #1
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Where to stay in St. Louis, Des Moines, Sioux Falls and Badlands?

Traveling cross country to Yellowstone (have reservations) in August. Trying to drive our Minnie towable less than 8 hours per day so need to find a nice place to stay with full hook-ups in St. Louis, Des Moines (stop at Fair), Sioux Falls and Badlands? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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In St. Louis, we stay in East St. Louis at the casino campground. Very convenient to the city. Shuttle will take you to the train station, you can buy an all day pass, 2 stops to the Arch and a stop right by Busch Stadium for a Cards game. Good signs coming off the highway for the casino and very safe with 24 hour security.
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In the Badlands, we stayed at the Cedar Pass Campground which is right in the park but close to the lodge, ranger shows, etc. Have electric hookups and a dump station.
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Old 05-20-2014, 08:49 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response! Looks interesting...especially the Casino Queen!
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We have stayed at the Adventureland RV Park in Altoona, IA (just east of Des Moines). It is next door to the Adventureland amusement park and across the street from a casino and horse track. The amusement park was not open the days we stayed so don't know how noisy it is in the summer! We did not use the restrooms. Our site was long and level with plenty of grassy areas for long dog walks! utilities were good.
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At $53/day for the casino campgrounds, you are in the same price as Sundermieirs in St. Charles. Welcome to Sundermeier RV Park It just depends on what side of the river suits you best, and what you want to see while you are in the area.

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In St. Louis, we stay in East St. Louis at the casino campground. Very convenient to the city. Shuttle will take you to the train station, you can buy an all day pass, 2 stops to the Arch and a stop right by Busch Stadium for a Cards game. Good signs coming off the highway for the casino and very safe with 24 hour security.
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In the Badlands, we stayed at the Cedar Pass Campground which is right in the park but close to the lodge, ranger shows, etc. Have electric hookups and a dump station.
Campgrounds - Badlands National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
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St. Louis - try to reserve at Babler State Park just outside the city. It's very popular so good luck. Huge, grassy lawns, less than half the price of the casino.

Badlands - right in the park - Cedar Pass Campground

You also might try to end your day away from these big cities for a better nightly price. Have a good trip.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:25 AM   #7
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Des Moines. There are many great spots arounds Sailorville Lake, minutes north of Des Moines. I'm partial to the Prairie Flower Recreation area. I'm not sure what is available for full hookups though.

As mentioned, there is a campground at Adventureland. The sites are a little cramped when full, but the location is great if you want to see the area.
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Thanks for the good info!
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