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Wow, I’m so confused about this one! We’re going to the Badlands & Black Hills area the first week of September, and I’m stumped on what to do/where to stay/what order to do everything. Can anyone help? (I posted about this a couple of months ago and got some good advice, and now that I have more details I wanted to see if I could get some more advice).

We’re flying into Omaha on a Saturday and then driving to Sioux Falls (just to spend the night). Early on Sunday we head to the Badlands and plan to stay in the park (Cedar Pass Lodge). I guess all we’ll really have time for there is to drive the Badlands Loop Road and maybe walk/hike a little. We'll do a nighttime ranger program if there is one. On Monday morning we head to the Black Hills area. Wednesday afternoon we leave for Grand Island, NE – long drive, I know, but we really don’t want to waste a night stopping somewhere on the way just to sleep.

The things I know we want to see/do are: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, all of the major scenic drives. We are also going to Devil’s Tower (I know it’s out of the way but my husband really wants to go there). We only have two and a half days to do all of this. Other things we might want to do if we have time are: Mammoth Site (Hot Springs), Wind or Jewel cave, Wild Horse Sanctuary, Bear Country, Spearfish Canyon.
Any ideas on where we should stay (which town, and specific hotel if anyone has a recommendation)? I was planning on Rapid City, but it looks like maybe Custer would be more in the midst of things (and more interesting). Sounds like it might be nice to stay in the park (Custer) (that way we could be in the park for sunrise/sunset), but I can’t figure out which hotel would be best. I’m also willing to stay in a two different hotels/towns if that would make sense. I’m not that worried about the price – I want it to be nice (not necessarily luxury, but not Super 8).

Also, do you have any advice on which of my “optional” things I should do, and any advice on what sequence we should do things? Our main goal is to see beautiful scenery and wildlife (my husband loves photography).

Thanks!

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