United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

SD and NE with kids - advice please!

Jump to last reply

We live in Indianapolis and are planning a family drive to South Dakota and Nebraska for early summer. We'll be first driving to Minneapolis for a family event, so our actual vacation time will total five days starting in MN and ending up in Omaha before we have to drive back on day six. It will be DH, me and two daughters ages 8 and 5.

We're planning some side stops to Laura Ingalls Wilder sights, since we drive past and my girls would be interested (one in WI on the way to MN, then SD on day one). We're also planning visits to Mt Rushmore and Henry Dooley Zoo, as well as national and state park sights as recommended. So some questions...

1) Which national / state parks are recommended and why?
2) Which are best for wildlife viewing in early summer?
3) Is there a good park where we can rent a cabin overnight? Cheap lodging, no running water necessary, but a "camping" experience without the tents or RV?
4) Any other good, inexpensive lodging recommendations between MSP, Rapid City, Black Hills and Omaha?
5) How much time is suggested for Mt Rushmore with an 8 & 5 year old?
6) From Black Hills to Omaha - any sights to see, or do we make it a long one day drive? We're planning 2 days in Omaha, so a long drive the day before could work.

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

11 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:11 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Can Anyone Suggest Me Tourism Evolution Services ?
  2. 2 Boston GTG? 7/17/14
  3. 3 Seattle: Something Different?
  4. 4 Staying in Hollywood or Santa Monica area?
  5. 5 Grand Canyon helicopter tour from Las Vegas
  6. 6 Blue Ridge Parkway Help!
  7. 7 Trip Report Back from Miami Beach
  8. 8 Seeking thoughtful advice on Yellowstone/Tetons trip!
  9. 9 looking for suggestions for quiet florida beach front panhandle stay
  10. 10 Seattle, Portland, and day trips all around
  11. 11 San Fran to Crater Lake? round trip one week
  12. 12 Detroit, MI to Portland or bust.
  13. 13 Trip Report The Driftless Area: An underappreciated region of the Upper Midwest
  14. 14 Finger Lakes Itinerary Help
  15. 15 One Night in Dallas
  16. 16 Las Vegas - what to do solo
  17. 17 Big Island Fans - will we like Maui?
  18. 18 Which National Park/s with 7-year-old & possibly grandparents
  19. 19 Current status of Tappan Zee Bridge - summer 2014?
  20. 20 San Diego - wher to stay
  21. 21 Seattle Needing some help please
  22. 22 My 21st Birthday in Chicago
  23. 23 Princeton, NJ area hotels
  24. 24 3 weeks covering SF, Monterey, Lake Isabella, Las Vegas and LA (Disney)
  25. 25 Best East Coast Beach Vacation For Family of 4
View next 25 » Back to the top