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Yellowstone and/or Rushmore

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1. Posted by Liquid (Budding Member 17 posts) 5y

Yes, I have been told this is a no brainer and Yellowstone is the answer but let me just put my dilemma out there.

We are renting an RV in South Dakota near Rapid City and I have always wanted to see Mount Rushmore. Then I hear about this carving they are doing of Crazy Horse, then I hear how great Custer State Park is. We have 4 days of downtime, 2 days of travel time between Rapid City and Yellowstone/Grand Tetons. Any recommendations?

My original plan was Rushmore/Black Hills > head west thru Montana or the scenic highways thru Greybull > Cody > Yellowstone > Grand Tetons > back up the scenic highways thru Thermopolis >back to Rapid City. I feel we are going to be uber rushed on this though. I can't imagine this will be our only time out here (we are from the East Coast) but I am stoked for both Rushmore and Yellowstone. Do we try to rush thru my itinerary (we do have a house on wheels after all) or do we cut some stuff out that? I just don't want to have any regrets.

Should we just skip anything in the Black Hills and let Yellowstone wow us? Is Cody worth the stop? We wanted to his the rodeo there and they are having a nice chili cookoff (what better than a chili cookoff out west?!)

My short version plan is just seeing Rushmore/Crazy Horse, hoofing it to Yellowstone and spending 3 whole days checking out the waterfalls, hot springs, geysers, wildlife, etc. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance for any help given.

Westward Ho!!!

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jun-2011, at 15:17 by Liquid ]

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 5y

You need more days! I have been to all of your itinerary and all are worth your time. I saw more big game in Custer State Park than anywhere else, a must see IMO. If you start early, you could drive through Custer SP, visit Wind Cave NP, over to Crazy Horse and end up at Mt Rushmore for the evening lighting of the faces. Up early to photo Rushmore in the early light and head for Yellowstone.

Good luck with your planning.

3. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

Mt. Rushmore is very impressive but even after viewing the film on how it was made we kind of went "ok this is cool for an hour, now let's get the hell out of here".

I hope this answers your question.