My husband and I are planning to visit the Mt. Rushmore area for the first time May 22 - May 29. We are flying in to Rapid City on May 22 and renting a car. We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Hill City for the entire stay. We are adventurous and love history as well as nature. This is the temporary itinerary I have planned and was wondering if anyone has any tips or pointers?
Day 1: Fly in to Rapid City at 10 am; explore Rapid City (Reptile Gardens?) Drive to Hill City
Day 2: Mount Rushmore in the morning, (Presidential trail, maybe a hot air balloon ride) Crazy Horse Memorial, Jewel Cave, Mount Rushmore evening show
Day 3: Custer State Park (Peter Norbeck Hwy, Wildlife Loop, Iron Mtn Road) and Sylvan Lake (Harney Peak Hike) State Game Lodge for lunch, "Dances with Wolves" movie location
Day 4 : Spearfish Canyon, Deadwood, Lead Gold Mine, Mt Moriah cemetery, Saloon #10
Day 5: Wind cave and ???????
Day 6: Badland Loop – Wall Drug – Minuteman Missile
Day 7: Devil’s Tower and ????????
Day 8: Depart
Do you think Custer State Park and hiking Harney Peak is too much in one day? Is there anything I am missing that is a MUST SEE? Thanks for everyone's input in advance.
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