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Ok, daughter wants to take a family trip to Mt Rushmore this summer. We are thinking hitting it right after 4th of July, or maybe even get somewhere on the 4th so we can see fireworks, maybe. We'll probably stop a night before getting there, heck, might take us 12hrs in the Bird to even get there so we'll just do it in 2 days.

I've read a few posts about different places to stay.

Will probably just google and pick one.

Anyway....

do these campgrounds have shuttles to the various attractions??

Is it better to bring your vehicle??

Any tips would be appreciated!!
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I like having my Jeep with me. Come and go as you please. You are never truly stranded when you have your toad.
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Rushmore (Black Hills) and area are absolutely wonderful for riding on motorcycles, not so much so in a Motor Coach. Bring your extra vehicle for a much more relaxed vacation in a lovely part of the country. Last time we covered that area there were no shuttles to speak of. Plan to spend twice as much time there as you think you need. Enjoy!
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Ok, daughter wants to take a family trip to Mt Rushmore this summer. We are thinking hitting it right after 4th of July, or maybe even get somewhere on the 4th so we can see fireworks, maybe. We'll probably stop a night before getting there, heck, might take us 12hrs in the Bird to even get there so we'll just do it in 2 days.

I've read a few posts about different places to stay.

Will probably just google and pick one.

Anyway....

do these campgrounds have shuttles to the various attractions??

Is it better to bring your vehicle??

Any tips would be appreciated!!
There are tour buses in those locations but I hate being on "their" schedule. I wouldn't go anywhere without my own transportation. But that's me.
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You need wheels and I recommend you avoid the vacation crowd, there are plenty of NFS campgrounds in that area on the cheap $12 and under some have electric and some are dry camp only. Also Custer State Park is a must see place, along with Wind Cave NP, then there is Hot Springs, SD with the mammoth dig site, all within or under an hour away of Rushmore. Wind Cave was also about $12 - 18 with 50 amp electric & water. To me Rushmore was only worth about 30 minutes of my time, had enough then I had to leave. July is a hot month for SD but better than August. A few of the NFS campgrounds are in the forrest, plently of shade and usually cooler than the other campgrounds of the area. There are NFS campground directories online and well worth saving for future lookups. Custer State Park, Blue Bell CG is most likely the better for the bird if you stay at Custer. The wildlife loop is a must at Custer. Almost all campgrounds except the NFS require/or best to have reservations during that time period. That area is popular for summer vacations & school age kids, I prefer that area in September, I enjoy the beauty of the area but not the crowds, but if July is the only time you have make the best of it & enjoy.
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Check the calendar for the Sturgis Bike Rally dates in August. Hotels and camp grounds are booked several days for their rally. Was there the weekend before the rally 4 years ago and was able to get a room at a casino, had no clue about the rally and there were bikes every where. Bring a car!! So much to see and do in the area and as John said the Custer Park wildlife loop is a must as well as the needles loop through the granite mountains over to Deadwood. Views of Rushmore along the way. Crazy Horse has some interesting Native American goods sold in an indoor booths behind the welcome center. I've been in the area three times, once in an RV with the Shawvers and would go again.
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Check into RafterJBar Campground. We stayed there a few years ago and enjoyed the campground. As I recall...they offered a car rental service.

http://www.rafterj.com/
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We attended a Newell rally two years ago here;
http://www.elkhornridgervresort.com/resort-map

Very nice RV Resort about 1 hour from Mt Rushmore. We drove to Mt Rushmore from there. It had changed (Mt Rushmore) a lot from the time I visited it as a child in approx 1970.
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You will be able to stop at Wall Drug on the way. There's probably a sign directing you there.

When my youngins were small we went to Rushmore on the way to Yellowstone. Seems their favorite attraction was called cosmos or something similar where you can watch water run uphill and stuff like that.

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#1 take a car or even better take a motorcycle
#2 drive everywhere LOTS of places to spend time in
#3 visit the lakes Pactola,Sheradin,Horsethief, to name a few
#4 stay away from July 20 until August 15 Sturgis Bike Rally 1 million bikes and quadruple camping rates
#5 Geographic center close up Belle Fouch ,DEVIL's TOWER close in Wyoming
#6 Everything John said it takes years to see all of it.
#7 Wall Drugs cool BIG HYPE 1 time plenty
#8 Badlands different every time you go changes with sun angle NICE at sunset
#9 Mitchell Corn Palace not usually fully decorated until late July

Laser show nightly at Crazy Horse is nice. Watch out for wildlife at night!! !!
ENJOY We do it yearly 15 years now.
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