Friday, October 11, 2013
If I were visiting the Black Hills...
I was looking at friends travelling around the country, and began to think. If I had a family vacation to plan for someone else for a week, what would I recommend they do. Here is my effort at doing that.
I have often said that there is more to do in the Black Hills than one could get to in one trip. Certainly this effort to draw up a potential family vacation for visitors furthers this point. This has camping, hiking, half of the caves, any visits to the reservation, and many other tourist traps left out.
Day One--Hot Springs
Evening--Drive through Wind Cave National Park
Dinner--Buglin Bull in Custer, SD
Day 2--The Parks and Monuments
Morning--drive the pigtail highway to Mt. Rushmore. Stop at park on top of the hill on the way.
Lunch--along the boardwalk in Keystone
Afternoon--Crazy Horse National Monument
Day Three--The Caves
Morning--Jewel Cave National Monument
Afternoon--Wind Cave National Park Cave Tours
Drive through Custer State Park to Hermosa
Dinner--Linsky's Pizza in Hermosa
Day Four--The Tourist Traps
Morning--Bear Country USA
Afternoon--Black Hills Caverns
Evening--Walk around Downtown Rapid
Morning--Get Breakfast in Rapid
Visit Wall Drug
Lunch at Wall Drug
Badlands National Park
Missle Silo National Monument
Return to Rapid
Day Six--Devil's Tower (all day)
Stay Belle Fouche
Day Seven--Spearfish, Lead, Deadwood Sturgis Loop
Morning--Drive to Spearfish, begin loop, take in a hike or two
Afternoon--Look around Deadwood/Lead. Learn history of area.
Evening--Stay in a casino, eat well, and swim