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Old 07-15-2012
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Wall Drug is right up there with South of the Border for great American tourist traps.
I avoid those places these days!
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Old 07-15-2012
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Originally Posted by Randy Dupree View Post
Wall Drug is right up there with South of the Border for great American tourist traps.
I avoid those places these days!
10 - 4...signal is loud and clear.
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If you get to the Hill Country- in Fredricksburg- welcome to the tourist trap mecca of Texas
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As far as I'm concerned Blue Bell is the only campground to stay in at Custer State Park but it is usually booked for days in advance. Their web site does a pretty good job giving you a layout of the campground. You can pretty much tell from the photos if your bird will fit and how level they are, well worth looking into. If you can't get a site at Blue Bell I would highly recommend Oreville Forestry Campground but it is dry camping only, they have water. It is well shaded and was cool enough in the evening to sleep with the windows open. If you do go to Oreville they have several backin sites and just a few side pulloffs that you can leave your toad hooked up. I would recommend parking the bird at Rushmore and scout out the area in the Jeep. Rushmore is a nice monument but all can be seen in about 15 minutes unless you get to do some of the behind the scenes stuff. Through CSP you will get plenty of camera shots of Rushmore through the road cuts & tunnels. Warning... the tunnels and road cuts are not recommended for the bird. Wishing we were there.
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Old 07-16-2012
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I agree with John M. on Mt. Rushmore. We took the kids there 30 years ago and it wasn't anyway close to being crowded and you could spend some time there seeing videos and so on. A couple of years ago we went there on my Wild Hogs trip (when we saw Kirk in the Badlands) and OMG the people. Quite honestly you can see the entire mountain and everything better, from other points, than by going into the parking areas and walking up to it. Just don't make the mistake we made and pull off the side of the road to decide what you are going to do. We had four of us on bikes and pulled off just before the parking area to decide what direction we wanted to go. Not bothering anyone and not causing any traffic issues whatsoever, and a Ranger came up and rousted us out and all but threatened us with "hard time on a chain gang" if we didn't get going. Man he must of been having a bad day

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Old 07-16-2012
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The Badlands are my second favorite American sight after the Grand Canyon. They are incredible. We stayed at a Passport park (can't remember the name but check their website) and it was fine. We ended up taking the drive through them which comes out on the road that crosses under the Interstate over to Wall Drug (I second Randy's comments on those kind of experiences)

Also while you're in the area the Spearfish Canyon hike (with it's 7 waterfalls) was pretty cool and we saw some great Dakota "wildlife" there. Of course Rushmore was very impressive. Great area of the country to visit.
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We toured Badlands this morning and moved on to Custer. Lots of climbing from Rapid City to Custer, near 5000 feet
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We just got Thur there into Wyoming over night, then to Salt Lake all the way to the AG check point at Donner and the water pump let go big time (on my 2003 Chevy truck) In-laws were at Tahoe city so we stayed the night with them, tow to Sac. and fixed Mon. home by 6 PM. Jackson hole cost too much! Badlands were good but I liked Yosemite better!
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Old 07-17-2012
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We left Hill City KOA Saturday morning. Second largest KOA in nation. Just used it as sleeping place. Spent three days in car touring surrounding areas. Crazy Horse, Mt. Roush, Custer- take the needles highway east then Iron Mountain highway, all in Custer, to the west. When you go through tunnels it is an amazing sight of Mt Roushmore. Wife likes to shop. Best shopping is Hill city. Try Deadwood for a few hours if you have time. Yes it was one heck of a pull from Rapid City to Hill City.
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