1. After reading your post I would like to share my story. 15 years ago I came home from work and told my children we are going to Mount Rushmore. At the time they were teens of 16 and younger. The response was what is there to do? Long story short to this day they all talk about the vacation being the best ever! Thanks for the memories.

  2. Thank you so much for outlining this amazing trip! We are following it exactly and we are so excited! Your coverage is so complete and including the history of the area is fantastic as well. I did find another lodging option for The Badlands area…Frontier Cabins in Wall, SD- it’s only about 8 miles form the park entrance. We can’t wait to start driving from Denver!

  3. What a wonderful description! I love all the details you included. Thanks to you we are even more excited to visit SD. I originally planned to see Badlands on our way from Sioux Falls to Custer, but now I see that we need to spend more time there – I had no idea it was so beautiful. Thank You and happy travels 🙂

  4. Thank you for such an inspiring and comprehensive post. My family will be doing a week long South Dakota road trip around Memorial Day and this post is great for planning purposes. Thank you!

  5. Thank you for an inspiring post! We are headed to the Badlands for our first “long” RV trip later this month. I am definitely excited to visit an area that I only have vague memories of as a child. I’ll appreciate it much more as an adult!

  6. Planning a trip to Mount Rushmore next year with our grandchildren. Thanks for a very informative article. Appreciate the history as well as your itinerary and pictures but also what to see and do if you have less time in a specific area.
    I’ve read a lot of trip reports but this was by far my favorite.

  7. Thank you for sharing! We are making a return trip to celebrate our 40th anniversary in mid-May. Our first trip was 30 years ago and our boys were very young. We drove across Nebraska for Day 1 and entered Custer Park the next morning. We also took in free museums, gold mining, and of course Bear Country. It was a great trip then and I’m sure we will enjoy it again. Thank you for your info on the scenic drives – we did not know about these then and we will definitely be doing these drives.

  8. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. Driving from Connecticut to south Dakota soon. This was helpful as we will only be here 2 days. Wish me luck

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