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I just didn't have the stomach to post in the General forum. I read a few posts...didn't figure I'd get many constructive replies.

Now to my question, I am leaving Friday to drive through Kansas & Nebraska up to Mt. Rushmore. Can anyone give me some don't miss things to see along that drive? I have scoured the internet and there's so much stuff but you can't tell from that what is really, REALLY good and things oyu don't want to miss. I have 3 kids with me, 7,6,3 so I'd really like things they would enjoy. Thanks for your time and responses!

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If you are in SD for Mt. Rushmore, if you can get over to Wall, SD and go to the Wall Drug Store. It's a BIG toursit event/place. I remember when I went thru, I saw all sorts of old west stuff, and had a buffalo burger in the restaurant part.

If you get to Dodge City Kansas, I remember that from going thru it when I was about 12 (many years ago). There was a stage coach, and boot hill cemetry.

That's all remember right off, but if I think of more, I'll post them.

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My daughter and her family enjoyed the Corn Palace in Sough Dakota.
 
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My daughter and her family enjoyed the Corn Palace in South Dakota.
 

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...................I , don't think you said from Where you were starting OUT, But.....IF I was you , with 3 very , very bright and "are we there YET ", kiddo's I would definitely head DUE west on the return leg of my trip and come back down thru Rocky Mountain National Park . It , IS a must SEE if you have the Time and Money . Also , the MILLION Dollar highway that runs from Ouray to Silverton to Durango is also a Must SEE. It is route 550 . It starts in Grand Junction>Delta>Montrose>then Ouray............to Durango......then the Narrow Gauge Railroad starts in Durango and runs all the way to Silverton and then Back to Durango . Takes a full day to make the round trip. Don't know about the Availability of tickets as this is their "Bizzyest" time of the year......fordy.... :eek: :)
 

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I just didn't have the stomach to post in the General forum. I read a few posts...didn't figure I'd get many constructive replies.
You only like us when we're over here? :waa:
 
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...................I , don't think you said from Where you were starting OUT, But.....IF I was you , with 3 very , very bright and "are we there YET ", kiddo's I would definitely head DUE west on the return leg of my trip and come back down thru Rocky Mountain National Park . It , IS a must SEE if you have the Time and Money . Also , the MILLION Dollar highway that runs from Ouray to Silverton to Durango is also a Must SEE. It is route 550 . It starts in Grand Junction>Delta>Montrose>then Ouray............to Durango......then the Narrow Gauge Railroad starts in Durango and runs all the way to Silverton and then Back to Durango . Takes a full day to make the round trip. Don't know about the Availability of tickets as this is their "Bizzyest" time of the year......fordy.... :eek: :)
If you go that way then Devil's Tower in Wyoming is neat, along with the Golden Spike - where the east and west cross country railroads met. I remember taking that west trip many years ago when I was 12 - saw Buffalo Bill's grave, Crazy Horse Mountain - really cool! We stayed in the Flintstone campground - that was even cooler! ;-) There is a state park in that area of SD that has "wild" burros and many many buffalo. Custer's last battlefield was really cool too(although I passed out from standing in the sun there during a talk!). Many of these I have gone back to since I was so impressed as a kid (well not the Flintstone's campground...) and I am still impressed. If you get as far as Durango don't miss Mesa Verde cliff dwellings and there is a Sand Dunes National Monument in southern colorado that has a great campground and evening show, it's a huge sand dunes in the middle of the rockies. Also Royal Gorge for the trip between. Four corners is the place where 4 states come together - really impressed me as a kid...
 
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If you go that way then Devil's Tower in Wyoming is neat, along with the Golden Spike - where the east and west cross country railroads met. I remember taking that west trip many years ago when I was 12 - saw Buffalo Bill's grave, Crazy Horse Mountain - really cool! We stayed in the Flintstone campground - that was even cooler! ;-) There is a state park in that area of SD that has "wild" burros and many many buffalo. Custer's last battlefield was really cool too(although I passed out from standing in the sun there during a talk!). Many of these I have gone back to since I was so impressed as a kid (well not the Flintstone's campground...) and I am still impressed. If you get as far as Durango don't miss Mesa Verde cliff dwellings and there is a Sand Dunes National Monument in southern colorado that has a great campground and evening show, it's a huge sand dunes in the middle of the rockies. Also Royal Gorge for the trip between. Four corners is the place where 4 states come together - really impressed me as a kid...

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The site of Custer's last stand is a must-see. Unbelievably spooky and interesting!

Black Hills are good ... although i can't remember which Dakota they're in. :confused:
 

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I read a few posts over there and figured I'd try it over here. This seems a bit tamer. I'm sure there are cross readers/posters. /shrug This is the only forum I really read also.

I am coming fom around Dallas. I will be in SD for several days so I thought I try to make it over to Devil's tower. That looked cool. I don't think we will make it over to the Corn Palace. Mainly, I was going to try to have an easy drive of it like 5-6 hours per day with some sightseeing so maybe the kids wouldn't be so hard to live with. If this doesn't work out, I'll just drive the whole way through, preferably around sleeping times. :D

I won't be taking any side trips into Colorado. I wouldn't mind but I don't have time really. Going to visit grandparents in Custer, would like to spend as much time there as possible. I'm thinking it'll be a straight shot home and the kids should be tired enough they sleep most of the way...I dream can't I? :haha:
 

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I just didn't have the stomach to post in the General forum. I read a few posts...didn't figure I'd get many constructive replies.

Now to my question, I am leaving Friday to drive through Kansas & Nebraska up to Mt. Rushmore. Can anyone give me some don't miss things to see along that drive? I have scoured the internet and there's so much stuff but you can't tell from that what is really, REALLY good and things oyu don't want to miss. I have 3 kids with me, 7,6,3 so I'd really like things they would enjoy. Thanks for your time and responses!

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I'm sure there are cross readers/posters.
So is that like a cross-dresser? (Yes, we're not just in the general forum, we're HERE, too!) :haha: :haha: :haha:


My vote is for Sturgis if ya like bikes. :) Mt. Rushmore is something you shouldn't miss. Big rocks with heads on em, but you can say you've been there. :)


Devil's Tower IS neat. Lots of walking though, so be prepared. My kids and I climbed a bit of it. :) The Badlands are a MUST SEE. Drive through there and it's like another world. And remember the outlaws and indians that used to live there. Pretty neat.

Well, you folks have fun. And fill us in on the trip when you get back.

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I live in SD so maybe I can help. For the confused person, yes the Black Hills are in South Dakota :) If you can give me a rough time frame of dates and which route you intend to take, I will find out what is going on in those areas during that time.

I personally think that Crazy Horse is also a good thing to go see. It is a very cool place and if funded totally on donations and gate admissions, gift shop, etc. Last June, my family and I went on the Volksmarch and got to hike to the top of Crazy Horse. It is an incredible view from there. :yeeha:

Enough rambling for now :) just let me know when and what route you are taking and I will try and help!
 

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Custer State Park in the Mt Rushmore area has a spectacular drive through "the Needles".

If you make it to Wall Drug, better take in The Badlands.
 

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Crazy Horse, the mamoth site, if into hist. in NE chimney rock, courthouse rock, Ft. Robinson. In WY, there's Ft. Laramie. All these places within 5 hrs. of us and we love going there. Up by Rushmore there are wind caves, too. If you decide to come thru s. Colo. Bent's Fort is cool, too.
 

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I live in Custer and for young kids Crazy Horse is much better than Mt. Rushmore. Mr. Rushmore has 100s of steps to go up to get to the views and the displays are not geared to kids. CH has cool indian stuff. Custer state park has the Wildlife Loop Drive which usually has lots of Buffalos, prairie dogs, burros all along the road. Take them to Flintstones in Custer to ride on the Bedrock train. Be prepared to mostly carry the 3-year-old. Devils Tower is just a funny rock sticking up in the plains not really something for kids. It's a hike to get close and it's pretty well fenced off anyway so you cannot get too close. Reptile Gardens on the way from Custer to Rapid City is really neat and in addition to the static live reptile displays they have 3-4 action show with a variety of animals from hawks and eagles to chickens and pigs. I sure hope you are not coming up here the first 10 days in august - there will be over 250,000 Harley Hogs on the roads 24/7 for the Sturgis Rally. No parking and long lines everywhere. The secondary gathering spot is Huelett, Wy where Devis's Tower is.
 

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I can't tell you anything about Kansas or Nebraska but can tell you that you can easily spend 2 weeks in the Blacks Hills of South Dakota and not even begin to see it all.

Can't miss things to see/do in the Black Hills vicinity:
1) Custer State Park. (you can easily spend a couple of days in 75,000 acre Custer State Park alone) The Needles Highway, the Wildlife Loop, and the Iron Mountain Road ......which leads to
2) Mount Rushmore
3) Then on to the idyllic picture postcard town of Keystone
4) The Badlands
5) Bear Butte located just off Hwy 79 about 5 miles east of Sturgis Native Americans regarded Bear Butte as a holy spot. On a clear day, you can see for 50 miles from the magnificent view.
6) While in Sturgis, visit the National Motorcycle Museum
7) Deadwood This town has the true flavor of the Wild West. Saloon #10, where Bill Hickok was killed, has been left pretty much the way it was 100+ years ago. I believe they have actors doing Wild West shootouts on the streets of Deadwood during the busy season. Deadwood also has many casinos....obviously not ones cup of tea while they have a handful of kids.....but the buffets are fabulous. Lots to see in Deadwood.
8) Spearfish Canyon....which arguably.....should be at the top of everyones visit to the Black Hills
9) Vanocker Canyon One of those less traveled roads....off the main route scenic rides that will take your breathe away
10) Crazy Horse Memorial on Hwy 385 although this is over 50 years from completion
11) Wall Drug.....in Wall, SD
12) Devils Tower Located in Wyoming....approx 90 miles from Sturgis

If you're into caves, there are numerous in the area. Jewel Cave National Monument which is located west of Custer......and Rushmore Cave, which is located east of Keystone.

Rapid City has your run of the mill touristy things like water slides, etc. It also has a couple of western themed museums.

There are campgrounds galore in the area. There is a KOA near Hill City that has a swimming pool, whirlpool, etc

Of course, you should know that a visit to the Black Hills in August will coincide with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an event that draw 400,000 or so. Official date for the Rally is Aug 9th - Aug 15th. Unofficially, it starts August 3rd or 4th. Forget about finding a motel room during this time....and even if you did find one, a $60 room would cost you over $200.

Oh yeah. They now charge admission to lots of the places. Mount Rushmore doesn't have an entry fee but they charge to park. THEY DO HAVE A PARKING LOT THAT IS FREE OF CHARGE. Custer State Park charges a fee. The Badlands charge a fee. Bear Butte charges a fee (but save your tag from Custer State Park---it allows you free entry), Devils Tower charges a fee. Crazy Horse charges a fee. The caves charge a fee.
A sign of the times.
 
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