Denver to Mount Rushmore
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 12, 2011 11:56 AM Last Post By: KenI
Jul 9, 2011 9:03 AM
Denver to Mount RushmorePart of this summer's driving trip will take me from Denver to Mount Rushmore. I'll be leaving Denver mid-morning and plan to arrive to a town south of Mt. Rushmore that evening. Any tips on what's worth seeing-knowing it'll be a long drive. Thoughts are Fort Laramie, Carhenge in Nebraska (I'm thinking of driving us through Nebraska just to add it to the list of states we've seen), Winds Hills, Mammoth Site.
We'll be spending the next couple nights in Deadwood. We'll visit Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, hang out in town for a down day, laundry, gambling, etc. I'm not sure how much I'll want to be in the car again, but any thoughts about Badlands National Park, Wall Drug, any other spots in the area? We'll be in Utah national parks before this and Yellowstone after.
Jul 9, 2011 9:24 AM
1I liked the xMammoth Site in Hot Springs. It seems like a big tourist trap, but is actually quite well done and very interesting. Get there early though, it can get crowded and parking can be a mess.
I'm a fan of the Badlands as well. However, it's a long drive from Deadwood--a couple hours, through vast prairie (the drive gets monotonous).
If you do make it out there, check out the Minuteman Missile NHS nearby.
The best park in the area, however, is xCuster State Park. I could spend days there, even though I just did last month. Except for wolves and bears, you can see just about every animal you can see at Yellowstone, and then some.
Wall Drug is the quintessential tourist trap. It's like a tacky, themed mall, trying to sell you anything and everything, but the cafe is ok.
xCarhenge is up to you. You probably already know what it is, and that's what you'll get.
Same deal with xMount Rushmore. And Crazy Horse (though the story behind Crazy Horse is a bit more interesting, and it has a Native American museum).
Around Deadwood, take the road through Spearfish Canyon. There are waterfalls along the route, and it's a very scenic drive (especially when the clouds are low).
Are you sure this is what you mean?
Jul 9, 2011 11:33 AM
2I agree with #1
Are you set up do go camping? That area has lots of great places to do so.
Custer State Park is the best the area has to offer. Badlands National Park (a bit out of the way, but considering how far you've already come it would be a shame to miss it) would be a must see sight in my opinion. Wall Drug is a kitschy Western Americana tourist trap but it is fun for an hour or so and is pretty much on your way to or from Badlands, so why not? Deadwood is an overcrowded and overpriced tourist town; visit it for a spell, but know that you can certainly get better food and lodging value in surrounding communities.
If you are a history buff, visit Fort Laramie on the way up, and take a gander at the Oregon Trail ruts nearby. While doing so, imagine a pair of oxen are pulling your car, your seats are wooden planks, the kids are whining, and there is no AC, video games, or XM radio.
Jul 11, 2011 8:12 PM
3Have to agree on Custer. I wasnt expecting much but I loved it.
I didnt get there but there I really wanted to see the minute man missile silo near badlands. Not sure what you are into but I think it would be quite cool.
Along the same line there is also an air and space museum in rapid city
Again time was against me but if thats your sort of thing it could be cool.
Jul 12, 2011 11:56 AM
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