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    Mount Rushmore

    So my 8 year old daughter asked me the other night if we can go see Mount Rushmore. I was thinking we could go this summer some time. Anybody here have ideas of what else we can do on our trip?



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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    When you are there make sure you watch the video on how they made Mt. Rushmore. Since she is younger Wall Drug is pretty cool.

    EDIT: Also the Badlands are really neat to see. If you go bring a camera.


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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    There's actually a lot of kid-oriented stuff in the Rapid City Area.

    We were there a few years ago (no kids) and had fun. We rode the 1880 Train, which could be cool for kids. Also Dinosaur Park in Rapid City (big concrete dinosaurs) was my favorite . . err . . . uh . . . would be good for kids too



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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    Devils tower nearby and worth a drive, wildlife loop south of Rushmore, Sylvan Lake, hiking, caves, etc. Tourist trap places like bear country and reptile gardens, if you like that stuff.



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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    Took the Mt Rushmore trip with my family (parents, siblings and their children)...and it was great! The South Dakota tourism website is a pretty good resource. I would do a trip through Custer Park, there is a wildlife park in Rapid City that you drive through...pretty decent and kids love it! Deadwood was fun for me (adult) but not sure the kids enjoyed it all that much but worth a drive-thru for sure. There are water parks that looked pretty fun as well. The natural springs park in a nearby town (can't think of the name off the top of my head) was fun too!

    I was really impressed with Mt Rushmore...we hit it twice on the vacation...once at night to see it lit up and once in the day...both were cool so I would suggest that if you have the opportunity to see it at night and day you do it. Very impressive!



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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    We went when I was little, maybe 8-10. My least favorite vacation of all time.



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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    Quote Originally Posted by clone4lyfe View Post
    So my 8 year old daughter asked me the other night if we can go see Mount Rushmore. I was thinking we could go this summer some time. Anybody here have ideas of what else we can do on our trip?
    Also Crazy Horse, and Storybook Island. There are multiple caves that you can tour and don't forget the possibility of side trips to Devil's Tower as well as the Corn Palace in Mitchell (on the way out or way back).

    http://www.southdakotabeautiful.com/...th-dakota.html

    EDIT: Also the South Dakota Air and Space Museum (at Elsworth AFB). Haven't been there but always wanted to stop for a few minutes. It's right off the highway on the way into Rapid City.


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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    I like the new addition to Mt Rushmore myself:







    I went there as a kid with my familiy. We went to the Crazy Horse monument (still a work in progress), the Badlands, and some other attractions.

    I remember making a model of the Badlands out of clay for school the fall after that.


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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    Mt Rushmore is great but don't stay at Keystone. (It is very expensive compared to rest of Black Hills.
    Deadwood has 3 really cool musems (all free by the way). Plans to spend a day at Badlands and some time at Custer Park.

    Hill City is a good place to stay because you can go any direction as it is a central location. Also, Hill City winery is awesome (and I' not a wine snob).



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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    We've taken several trips to SD and love it. There's plenty to do, yet its also a great place to relax. Great area to hike too.


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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    went when I was around 12 in early 80s. stopped on way out to Yellowstone, and it was so damn foggy, we couldn't see it. so we hit it on way back. from what I remember, that trip was fun



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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    Quote Originally Posted by intrepid27 View Post
    Mt Rushmore is great but don't stay at Keystone. (It is very expensive compared to rest of Black Hills.
    Deadwood has 3 really cool musems (all free by the way). Plans to spend a day at Badlands and some time at Custer Park.

    Hill City is a good place to stay because you can go any direction as it is a central location. Also, Hill City winery is awesome (and I' not a wine snob).
    ...And make sure to eat at Hill City's Alpine Inn


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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    Quote Originally Posted by CRcyclone6 View Post
    went when I was around 12 in early 80s. stopped on way out to Yellowstone, and it was so damn foggy, we couldn't see it. so we hit it on way back. from what I remember, that trip was fun
    We were planning on going on the way back from Yellowstone but we got lost then got stuck in a large hail storm right before we got there. We couldn't get out of the car so I had to roll the window down and look at it. At least I can say I've seen it.



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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    I personally thought Crazy Horse sucked. I had to pay a lot to get in. And then I was 1/4 mile away and they wanted more money to go see it closer. I understand it's a work in progress and it's privately funded, but I was still disappointed.



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    Re: Mount Rushmore

    Also recommend seeing the night show at Rushmore.



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