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St. Louis to Denver, Tetons, Yellowstone & Custer State Park

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We've got two weeks to cover this turf at the beginning of August...but the big part of the trip will be a week exploring Yellowstone. We'll likely be driving unless a totally excellent (and I mean ridiculously cheap) airfare/rental car deal comes up for our family of four into Denver. Here's our itinerary:

Fri to Sat. Aug. 1: StL to Denver -- night with friends.
Sun. Aug. 2: Night in Boulder
Mon. Aug. 3: Drive to Grand Tetons and camping or lodging
Tues. Aug. 4: Tetons
Wed. Aug. 5 - Tues. Aug 11: North through Yellowstone to a rented cabin in Mt. just north of the park.
Wed./Thurs. Aug. 6-7: Camp at Custer State Park/Rushmore
Thurs - Sat...drive home. (with a possible swing through Badlands)

We're pretty set on the front and middle of the trip, but still trying to figure out the drive back to St. Louis. Would it be pushing it to take in Devils Tower on our drive from North of Yellowstone to Custer? It's a reasonable 7-1/2 hours between our base at Yellowstone and Custer State Forest, but adding in Devils Tower and appropriately enjoying it in a day? We don't really plan to hike or climb it, rather just take it in. Has anyone out there done it in a day? Doable? Crazy? I'd hate to miss it. But I also don't want to do an overnight on that stretch since we've got to make headway to get back home.

Thanks for the input, and any other advice would be welcome (our boys are 5 and 8 and have endured various long road trips from the Midwest to the East Coast, so we know what we're in for on that front ;-). Previous postings here on similar trips have all been very helpful! Thanks, Nancy

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