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Author Topic: Route Suggestions from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore  (Read 368 times)

dambluebird

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Route Suggestions from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore
« on: April 02, 2017, 06:19:59 PM »
We will be making a trip form TN to Alliance NE (have that route worked out) but seeking best route from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore.  We will be traveling in a 32' RV and not towing anything.  Many thanks in advance..

Old_Crow

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Re: Route Suggestions from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 05:02:19 AM »
Ah, Carhenge.  One of my favorite cheesy roadside attractions.

We left from Custer SD, which is where we stayed while doing Mt Rushmore and the area, and followed 385 right to Alliance.  Google maps shows it right at 2 1/2 hours, but I think it took us closer to 4 with souvenir stops and a stop for some buffalo in the road.
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dambluebird

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Re: Route Suggestions from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 11:54:11 AM »
Great thank you!  Yes, we are doing a road trip for our high school graduation gift, and thought Carhenge would be a great roadside attraction for our trip!  We were debating on stopping at Custer State Park or going straight through to Mt. Rushmore.

Old_Crow

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Re: Route Suggestions from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 06:22:10 PM »
We drove through Custer State park(no room at the inn)and ended up staying at a private campground in Custer itself(Custer's Gulch).  I've read less than stellar reviews of that park on here, but we were tent camping at the time and thought it was the bee's knees.
The road from Custer to Alliance is mostly 2 lane but pretty good road, and not a whole bunch of traffic.
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dambluebird

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Re: Route Suggestions from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 07:24:46 PM »
Thank you!

Boonieman

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Re: Route Suggestions from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2017, 05:54:27 PM »
Not sure what your camping plans are, or when you're going, but if you are going to unhook and drive around I would recommend you follow 385/18 north, then stay on 79. It's a lightly traveled 4 lane road, nice and flat. Just as you come into Rapid City, bear right on 16 (it's a kind of bypass) and it will take you to interstate 90. There are several campgrounds north of Rapid and you will avoid pulling the camper up and down a lot of hills and traffic. Even if your destination is a campground in the Black Hills, ( and there are some beautiful ones) you might be better off coming in from the north. Just a suggestion. I grew up there and go back usually a couple times a year. Happy camping!

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dambluebird

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Re: Route Suggestions from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2017, 08:02:44 PM »
Thank you. We will be in a 32' motorhome and not towing a vehicle.  We were considering staying in Custer State Park and then driving to Mt. Rushmore the following morning, then we are headed to Yellowstone.   We are traveling pretty much the entire month of June making our way to California (Redwood Forest, San Francisco for Alcatraz, Golden Gate, Yosemite) then headed to Grand Canyon and back to TN. Thanks again!

Boonieman

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Re: Route Suggestions from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2017, 08:09:39 PM »
Sorry, I must have mis-read, thought you were towing Sounds like and awesome time. On your way I hope you swing thru Belle Fourche (Bell foosh) and see Devils Tower. Goods roads and awesome scenery and not too far off 90. Angostura Lake has a nice campground, right before you get to Custer. Safe travels to you!
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dambluebird

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Re: Route Suggestions from Alliance NE to Mount Rushmore
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2017, 08:54:59 AM »
I will check out Belle Fourche and Devils Tower, they were not on my list (which seems to be growing...LOL) and thank you for the campground recommendation.  Thank you so much again, this info is helpful!  Happy camping  ;)

 

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