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Road Trip to South Dakota - Black Hills

A July 2001 trip to Black Hills by Binky

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Photo, Keystone, South Dakota More Photos
Quote: My family and I spent a week at Badlands National Park and the Black Hills region of South Dakota after driving from Detroit.

Road Trip to South Dakota - Black Hills

Overview

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My favorite part of the trip was talking about the beautiful money making operation that is known as the Crazy Horse Memorial.

Quick Tips:

We stayed in a lodge at the Badlands and drove back and forth to the Black Hills twice. I wouldn't do this again. We drove through Custer State Park and notice plenty of beautiful looking cabins though there. Next time I'll investigate that option.

Best Way To Get Around:

The only way to get around this area, in a reasonable amount of time, is with a car.

Crazy Horse Memorial

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Crazy Horse Memorial Photo, Black Hills, South Dakota
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This memorial to all Native Americans is billed as the world's largest mountain carving. I left feeling unimpressed and with the feeling of just being scammed. I wonder if some American Indians might feel the same way. It costs $8/person or $19/carload to enter the facility. This price does not get you significantly closer to the carving than you can see from the road. To get closer, on a bus ride, you have to pay more money (not sure how much). To get up to where the face is you have to pay $100. The only thing you can see from the visitor's center is the carving's profile. Bring your binoculars or a telephoto lens for your camera. The original sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, die...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 9, 2001

Crazy Horse Memorial
Highway 385, 4 miles north of Custer
Black Hills, South Dakota

Wind Cave National Park

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When you're driving through the prairie toward the visitor center, you'd never think that this impressive cave system is underneath. They have mapped about 100 miles of passages, but estimate that 95% of the actual cave is undiscovered! We took the Natural Entrance tour. The cost is only $8 per person. It starts at the surface level and you slowly descend into the cave. It lasts 1.25 hours and you take a elevator ride back to the top. The cave doesn't have any stallagtites and stallagmites because of the cool temperature inside. However, there is a unique "boxwork" formation that occurs due to fractures in the limestone cave. Very impressive. I went with my parents, wif...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2001

Wind Cave National Park
26611 U.s. Highway 385
Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747
(605) 745-4600

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Attraction | "Mt. Rushmore National Memorial"

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Photo, Keystone, South Dakota
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In case you didn't know, several years ago a sculptor and his team carved the faces of four presidents in the side of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Well, they're still there and so are the tourists! The presidents are (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. My personal favorite is T.R. and they've really got him tucked in the corner. You can park for free if you get there early and take a short walk to the memorial, or you can pay $8 per car and park in some very nice parking decks right next to the entrance. We had to pay during our visit. There's a walking path that goes closer to the mountain and to the sculpt...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2001

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Highway 244
Keystone, South Dakota 57751
(605) 574-3171