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 Posted: Tue Jan 7th, 2014 12:58 am
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Planning a vacation to this area in April.  Has anyone made this trip before?  Very tentative plans at this point but the thought is to fly from NY to SD, rent a car, drive from SD to WY, and then fly back WY to NY.  Not sure if there's a better way to do it.  Anyway, the big items on the itinerary will be Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, and Badlands Park in SD and then onto Yellowstone and Jackson Hole in WY.  Anything else fun to do along the way?  Anything obvious that I'm missing?  I have barely begun to research the trip and want some good starting points.



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 Posted: Tue Jan 7th, 2014 06:12 am
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I have a friend who is a DJ in Rapid City, SD, I'll ask him for some info on the western part of the state.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 7th, 2014 06:16 am
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Principal_Raditch wrote: I have a friend who is a DJ in Rapid City, SD, I'll ask him for some info on the western part of the state.
Thanks, I believe that's the city that has the airport that we would fly into. 



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We did this a few years ago in early October and had beautiful weather. That being said, they had a blizzard this past October! Devil's Tower and Custer State Park are definite must sees as is the Badlands. We took three day drives out of Rapid City; one up to Devil's Tower, Sturgis and Ft. Meade (my dad was there in the cavalry back in 1927); then to Mt. Rushmore and Custer; lastly east to the Badlands (spectacular!) and of course...Wall Drug! This was one of our best vacations and when we flew home we almost had to wake up the security guy at the airport as we were the only people going through. Oh yeah, Dinosaur Park in Rapid City is kind of fun.

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Andyo wrote: We did this a few years ago in early October and had beautiful weather. That being said, they had a blizzard this past October! Devil's Tower and Custer State Park are definite must sees as is the Badlands. We took three day drives out of Rapid City; one up to Devil's Tower, Sturgis and Ft. Meade (my dad was there in the cavalry back in 1927); then to Mt. Rushmore and Custer; lastly east to the Badlands (spectacular!) and of course...Wall Drug! This was one of our best vacations and when we flew home we almost had to wake up the security guy at the airport as we were the only people going through. Oh yeah, Dinosaur Park in Rapid City is kind of fun.
Thanks, I'm going to Google some of those and check locations.  I believe Devil's Tower is the one in WY, but right on the SD border. 

In doing some research, as much as I'd like to hit SD and then drive all the way to western Wyoming for Yellowstone, I'm questioning how realistic it is.  It's an 8 hour drive (and I would stop at the park where the Battle of Little Bighorn took place in Montana, which seems to be right along the way) so one whole day will be gone with driving, and there's so much to do.  Also heard that if you pick up the rental car in one state and drop it off in another, they basically hit you with a huge fee.  Not like a $100, but like the cost of the plane ticket there.  So I have to look into that.  Might only be able to do SD and then find an excuse to come back one day and see Yellowstone and Teton another year.  I don't know if we'll be able to enjoy everything at a leisurely pace if we cram it all in.



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 Posted: Sun Jan 12th, 2014 06:45 pm
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My wife and I drove to Cheyanne on our honeymoon. We got married outside of Denver & she has been to most states, but not Wyoming, so we went for lunch.

Wow! I was shocked at how small and old west the capital city was. It was nice, but shocking.



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Dumbass me got Chinese food in Cheyenne on the way to CA on time. It was not good.



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If you like historic monuments and landmarks separated by absolute hours of nothing, then the Dakotas and Wyoming are for you.



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