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Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« on: January 07, 2018, 09:36:34 AM »
Along this route, what are some amazing things to stop and see/visit? We have already been to Lincolns tomb in Illinois, as well as Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.

Is there any other stops along this path that anyone can recommend to experience? We love beauty of our country so any parks or lovely scenery is welcome.

We are willing to stray somewhat from the direct path to/from Mt Rushmore, as long as we are at least headed in that direction.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 11:53:07 AM »
I'm contemplating the same route next summer so will be interested in what others suggest.  Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD is on my list to see.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 12:50:22 PM »
We made that drive several years ago.  The roads were in good shape.  The Corn Palace is interesting.  The Mitchell KOA is nice, but there were a lot of mosquitoes when we were there.  You will see billboards for Walls Drugs for miles.  We did not stop, but perhaps someone else on the forum can comment on the place.  We stayed in Rapid City and drove a car to Mt. Rushmore.  After Mt. Rushmore consider going to Cody to the Black Hills Burger & Bun for a hamburger.  Great burgers.  Enjoy the trip and please let us know how it went.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 12:56:45 PM »
Firstly, near Custer, SD, there is the Crazy Horse Monument. A work in progress.
Go to see it after Rushmore.
And of course, Devil's Tower in not far west of Mt Rushmore. Also a must see, in my book.



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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 01:50:41 PM »
Firstly, near Custer, SD, there is the Crazy Horse Monument. A work in progress.
Go to see it after Rushmore.
And of course, Devil's Tower in not far west of Mt Rushmore. Also a must see, in my book.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 02:06:30 PM »
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, NE is on the way and is a fascinating place to visit.  Very well done.  Allow some time.  It's a huge place spread over many acres.  http://www.omahazoo.com/
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 02:49:00 PM »
Wall Drug, is absolutely the CHEESIEST place I have ever been!  That being said, don't miss it!  It is filled with kitsch, and well worth the hour or two you could spend there.  Don't spend the night!  Campgrounds haven't seen maintenance in years, food is expensive.

Near Wall is the Badlands NP.  Beautiful place.  Cody State Park is also well worth it.  Lots of wildlife, and a huge buffalo herd.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 02:52:36 PM »
The I90 rest area at Chamberlain, SD is on a bluff, overlooking the Missouri River. Inside the rest area, is an excellent Lewis & Clark museum. We stop there every year. If I remember correctly, the museum is closed on Mondays.
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The Badlands National Park, just east of the Black Hills is amazing, and is absolutely worth at least two days. Surprisingly, Wall Drug is worth a few hours.

Just south of Mt. Rushmore, you will want to drive the Needles Highway, the Wildlife Loop, and Iron Mountain Road. If you do them in that order, you will be going east on Iron Mountain Road, and will get views of Mt. Rushmore through two of the tunnels. The whole reason for building the road was to put tunnels in those two spots. The Wildlife loop is am easy drive, but the other two are not possible in a large RV, or with anything in tow.

North of Rushmore, hwy. 14A through Spearfish Canyon is spectacular. Just west of the town of Savoy, on forest road 222 Roughlock Falls is beautiful, as is Spearfish Falls, on a short trail behind the Latchstring Restaurant at the intersection of 14A and 222. BTW the Latchstring has very good food, and is reasonably priced. Bridal Veil Falls, a little farther north on !4A is pretty, but not as big as either of the other two.

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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2018, 05:17:47 PM »
Near Mt Rushmore there is Custer State Park and Deadwood.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2018, 06:16:59 PM »
Winterset Iowa,, the birthplace of John Wayne.

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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2018, 07:33:32 AM »
Interstate 90, South Dakota Exit 131 East of Wall, SD.  Minuteman Missile National Historic Site run by National Park Service.  Visitors center and then a tour of the launch control facility including the underground launch control center.  A few miles further down the road to the west is an actual missile site with a dummy missile installed.  These two sites are the last sites left of what were originally 150 missile sites and 15 launch control centers under the control of Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City.  My disclaimer is that I was on the first missile launch crew to accept the launch control center (Delta One) from Boeing in July 1963.  I hope to make it back this summer to see how NPS has made it a nice place to get an inside view on one part of the Cold War.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2018, 05:35:30 PM »
Badlands,
Crazy Horse,
Wall Drug,
Custer State Park,
Spearfish Canyon,
no particular order... Badlands looked like alien mining spoils... cannot imagine what the first settlers headed west thought when they got to them.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2018, 06:24:21 AM »
Wow, nobody mentioned Jewel Cave National Monument or Wind Cave National Park, near Custer.  You guys all claustrophobic? 
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2018, 07:09:57 AM »
Wow, nobody mentioned Jewel Cave National Monument or Wind Cave National Park, near Custer.  You guys all claustrophobic?

Yep, ever since I underwent my first MRI at age 77.  And like I posted earlier, I spent four years doing missile launch crew duty inside a concrete and steel cocoon 40 feet underground.  Go figure.  But that MRI experience taught me a lesson - get drunk before the next ride through the tube........lol

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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2018, 11:17:24 AM »
Theodore Rosevelt National Park in North Dakota just west of Dickenson ND on I94.  There's a North and South side.  Not sure which but one has buffalo and wild horses.  If taking I90, Falls Park in Sioux Falls, SD is worth a visit.   
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2018, 11:27:00 AM »
The Amana Colonies in Iowa might be a nice time to stop for your first night. It has lots of shops to look in and some nice restaurants to visit, a brewery that also makes root beer, several wine-tasting shops, and a "smokehouse" meat shop. It also has a FHU campground that is close to the main town of Amana.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2018, 01:27:10 PM »
If you have the interest, plan a stop at the historical Ft. Kearney NB.  In the gift shop you can purchase two of the most interesting pamphlets they are written by an author from Oregon,  he found the route of the Trail so it can be followed by car has all of the major turns and locations along the trail from Independence MO to N Platte and the second one carries on from there to Oregon.  They were $10 ea when I got mine.  I loaned them to a friend and now they are gone. 

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« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2018, 12:03:34 AM »
Also at Fort Kearney, a fascinating structure crosses over I-80.  We watched it being built for a couple of years and wondered what on earth it would be.  It turned out to be a very interesting little museum about the westward movement and the Platte River area.  It's well worth a visit and caters to children with interactive exhibits.  About ten miles south of Fort Kearney is the Pioneer Museum which is an amazing collection of items relating to pioneers who settled the west.  You can see everything from quill pens to homemade toys to items kids used in schools.  You can easily spend a day there!  If you have children it's a wonderful way to teach them how pioneer children lived in the 19th Century.

Remember that this is Lewis and Clark country so the expedition and the places they stopped are features.  Great Falls MT has a wonderful museum that includes showing how the expedition traversed the falls (hint: it wasn't easy!).  When we were there one exhibit had some exquisite beadwork on Indian attire.  There also are some forts where you can see how the Cavalry lived during the westward movement.  There are so many places of historical interest that you could spend months exploring along the route!

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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2018, 02:14:29 AM »
If you're taking I-80, North Platte, NE has the Union Pacific Railroad's Bailey Yard, the world's largest railroad classification yard.  Over 3000 rail cars a day pass over the Hump, where trains are pushed up an incline and then their cars coast one by one into the rail yard below as they're sorted into new trains.  While this is going on, 8000 locomotives a month are refueled and serviced.

The Golden Spike Tower has a viewing platform 8 stories up with docents who explain what's going on in the yard below.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2018, 02:26:27 AM »
Interstate 90, South Dakota Exit 131 East of Wall, SD.  Minuteman Missile National Historic Site run by National Park Service.  Visitors center and then a tour of the launch control facility including the underground launch control center.  A few miles further down the road to the west is an actual missile site with a dummy missile installed.  These two sites are the last sites left of what were originally 150 missile sites and 15 launch control centers under the control of Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City.  My disclaimer is that I was on the first missile launch crew to accept the launch control center (Delta One) from Boeing in July 1963.  I hope to make it back this summer to see how NPS has made it a nice place to get an inside view on one part of the Cold War.
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X2. You have to see this-the museum is new, very well done and interesting. Take your time in there. Be sure to then take the guided tour of the launch facility and see the Missle site (self guided with cell phone). My bucket list item for our trek was Mt. Rushmore. I talk as much about the Minuteman Missles as much if not more when talking about our trip. After you visit you will then start to notice the exits that seem lead to nothing but well built dirt roads and 3 phase power lines that branch off I-90 into "no where" and realize there is a lot more than we know and understand about our safety and the protection of our often taken for granted freedoms. Thank you to all our military members and their families - past and present.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2018, 07:08:16 AM »
Theodore Rosevelt National Park in North Dakota just west of Dickenson ND on I94.  There's a North and South side.  Not sure which but one has buffalo and wild horses.  If taking I90, Falls Park in Sioux Falls, SD is worth a visit.   

Gary, how is TR  National Park?  We were headed there a couple of years ago, but got a call for a camp host job while on the road, so we didn't make it.  Still on the bucket list.  We've got a Jeep and like to do back country stuff.  Looked like plenty of opportunity from what I could see on the 'net.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2018, 08:00:29 AM »
I'm going to assume you are taking the most direct route, I-90.  Here's a few things I would probably see on the way:

SPAM Museum, Austin MN -- I've never been but my wife has and she says it's interesting
Wall Drug -- It's worth a short stop just to say you've been there.
Badlands -- We enjoyed the Badlands and had young kids at the time, who really enjoyed climbing the "miniature mountains".  I know someone suggested taking a couple days, but if pressed for time, it's still worth it to stop for even a couple hours.

Once in the Black Hills, our must sees would be:

Custer State Park -- Lots of wildlife, including bison and prairie dogs
Jewel Cave or Wind Cave -- We went to Jewel Cave in the off season; I've heard it draws a lot more people in the summer and you have to plan your visit in advance (like show up first thing in the morning to get tickets for later in the day)

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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2018, 08:35:38 AM »
X2. You have to see this-the museum is new, very well done and interesting. Take your time in there. Be sure to then take the guided tour of the launch facility and see the Missle site (self guided with cell phone). My bucket list item for our trek was Mt. Rushmore. I talk as much about the Minuteman Missles as much if not more when talking about our trip. After you visit you will then start to notice the exits that seem lead to nothing but well built dirt roads and 3 phase power lines that branch off I-90 into "no where" and realize there is a lot more than we know and understand about our safety and the protection of our often taken for granted freedoms. Thank you to all our military members and their families - past and present.

Thanks for that endorsement.  This is truly an educational site which kids may see only once in a lifetime.  Nineteen of my twenty years in the Air Force were spent in the Minuteman missile system.  At one time the country had 1000 of these missiles most located in our far northern states (150 in Missouri).  During my launch crew days we spent 24 hour tours on duty in the underground capsules.  Each control center monitored 10 missiles that were dispersed at least 5 miles apart from each other.  But each squadron had 50 missiles and 5 control centers.  If necessary, two of those control centers could launch all 50 missiles.  Today, there are still 450 Minuteman ICBM sites active in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming.  I am sure Mr Un in North Korea is aware of that.  Sorry to butt into the thread but this is a pretty well unknown attraction that is very educational for those who want to know more about the Cold War.

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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2018, 11:08:27 AM »
Gary, how is TR  National Park?  We were headed there a couple of years ago, but got a call for a camp host job while on the road, so we didn't make it.  Still on the bucket list.  We've got a Jeep and like to do back country stuff.  Looked like plenty of opportunity from what I could see on the 'net.

IIRC the lower part of the park is nicer.  More scenery and wildlife.  Depending on when you go, be prepared for chigger bites.  We were in the Northern part of the park in June or July and walking through the tall grass caught us by surprise.  They're sneaky creatures and you really can't see them.  But wow, do they bite.  The DW is much more susceptible than me and was scratching for weeks.  The solution is to rinse off as soon as possible.  It is a seasonal thing however and depending on when you go may not be a problem.  As far as offloading, I don't recall if there are roads other than the main road through the park. 
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2018, 11:47:10 AM »
The wife and I made this trip last June after picking up our coach from the paint and body shop in Bremen, IN.  We wanted to take a few days and detour to the Black Hills of South Dakota on our way back to Utah.  We really didn't have any specific places we wanted to stop anywhere along the way other than Wall Drug as we were anxious to get to Custer and relax.  Wall Drug was ok, kind of neat to see but holy cow was it a mad-house with people.

We followed I-80 west and turned north on I-29 and followed the Missouri River to Sioux Falls where we stopped for the night and did go and walk around the falls.   We then boogied on in the rest of the way to Custer, SD where we stayed at the Rafter J Bar for a few days which is where we usually stay when in the Black Hills.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2018, 03:09:44 PM »
In addition to what's been mentioned, I would add Lacrosse, WI.  We stopped for Spotted Cow beer and fried cheddar cheese curds.  Yum

DW's favorite part of our trip last summer was Badlands NP.  Mine was Custer SP (Sylvan Lake) including Needles Highway.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2018, 05:15:02 AM »
IIRC the lower part of the park is nicer.  More scenery and wildlife.  Depending on when you go, be prepared for chigger bites.  We were in the Northern part of the park in June or July and walking through the tall grass caught us by surprise.  They're sneaky creatures and you really can't see them.  But wow, do they bite.  The DW is much more susceptible than me and was scratching for weeks.  The solution is to rinse off as soon as possible.  It is a seasonal thing however and depending on when you go may not be a problem.  As far as offloading, I don't recall if there are roads other than the main road through the park.

Thanks, I've lived in Arkansas for the last 24 years, so I'm well acquainted with ticks and chiggers(or chicks and tiggers as my kid once called them).  I was interested in the trip to the Elkhorn Ranch site.  Literature says the road is unpaved, steep, and easily washed out in storms.  Just what us Jeep guys live for.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #27 on: January 11, 2018, 09:14:51 AM »
Unless I missed it, I don't think anyone mentioned Sturgis.  Even when the rally isn't in progress, the motorcycle museum is very interesting even for non-bikers.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2018, 03:08:25 PM »
For me, the hardest part of planning my adventures is planning on everything I am going to be passing by.

I made the same trip from Chicago last year, but ended up in Yellowstone. I am assuming you are toting along that sweet motorcycle.

I did spend a night in Mitchell SD, but did not take the time to visit the Corny Palace. Stumbled across a great little community campground. Lake Mitchell campground. The pic is from our site, #15, had a beautiful view overlooking the lake and the sunset was tremendous! 

Had a reservation for the campground in the Badlands National Park. Unloaded the moto bike and had a ride of a lifetime! Scoped out this great BLM boondocking campsite just outside of the park. Ask and I will tell you where.

I had no problem passing on the Wall Drug experience. It did pain me to pass up the Minuteman Missile Museum.

Camped at a nice little place just outside of Keystone, Kemp's Kamp. Unloaded my bike, and then rode the Needles and Iron Mountain highways. Not to be missed!

Another vote for the Spearfish canyon experience. 

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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2018, 07:21:58 PM »
  Pierre, the capital of South Dakota (pronounced “peer” by the locals), is a good stop. The Corps of Engineer campgrounds below the Oahe dam is one of the nicer campgrounds we've been in. They have a good website of the campgrounds and you can select and reserve your campsite. Plenty to do in town and beautiful views above the monster of a dam. The restaurant at Spring Creek Marina has great views of the lake and the food is excellent.
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #30 on: January 11, 2018, 08:54:08 PM »
Not much else to mention, all good suggestions.

If you are age 62 or over, by all means get your senior America the Beautiful Pass. If not 62 a annual America the Beautiful pass is worth the $80. Badlands alone is $20. Devils Tower is another $20.

At Chamberlain, SD where I-90 crosses the Missouri River, if you travel north a few miles to Ft. Thompson, there is a COE campground below the dam in the middle of the river (like the one in Pierre) and it is super nice. I stayed there when I saw I was not going to make the Badlands campground.

Also, in Rapid City (know to locals simply as Rapid) there is a museum called the Journey. Well worth a couple of hours. http://www.journeymuseum.org/visit Take Exit 58 off of I-90 and go south to New York St, turn left, you are there.

Another museum I did not visit, but looks promising for next time is the High Plains Western Heritage Center at Spearfish. http://www.westernheritagecenter.com/

Do not miss Devils Tower. The Wyoming Welcome Station at exit 199 in Wyoming is worth the visit on the way to Devils Tower, as it has nice displays, not just racks of brochures. I was impressed by the quality. Vore Buffalo Jump is just up the frontage road a mile and worth the tour.

On the south end of the Black Hills is Hotsprings, and the Mammoth Site, also well worth the visit.

Rushmore is good for about two hours of your time, free admission, $10 parking unless over age 62, then $5. I spent more time at Crazy Horse, $11 admission, lots of Native American stuff in the Museum.

My whirlwind tour of the Badlands and Black Hills and eclipse.... http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php/topic,110023.0.html

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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2018, 12:40:19 PM »
You folks are great at suggestions. Thank you for all the replies. It will be awhile before we do the trip, but hopefully after the weather warms up we can make this venture. We are not sure yet how much time we will take, but with some planning we can narrow down where we want to stop and go from there. Basically, we have all the time in the world during warm months.

When we do, we will for sure update the post!
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #32 on: March 29, 2018, 05:31:37 PM »
thanks all for the intel.  We will be traveling the area, and I'm taking notes. :)
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #33 on: April 04, 2018, 05:23:34 AM »
We did a few of the things others have suggested, here are a few tips:

The signs advertising Walldrug are quite entertaining and I thought they were better than the store!

If you go to the badlands and see the prairie dogs, stop a while and look for the burrowing owls, they use the old burrow holes and are just such cute little birds.

Needles Highway is a great drive, but very narrow with a low bridge so only for travel in truck/bike/car.  Sylvan Lake was so beautiful although busy.

Spearfish has lots of nice restaurants, we liked Killians and a little brewery - Crow Peak.

We much preferred Crazyhorse to Mt Rushmore.  If you go to Rushmore, there is a Gutzon Borglum museum in Keystone which we were too late to get to but it was recommended by some people.  I think there is a lot of history about this and it would be good to see.  Be careful of the roads here as there is one with pigtails on it, sorry I am not sure which one but would be tricky in an RV.

Devil's Tower is well worth a trip. 

If you are in Custer, Black Hills Burger n Bun is a nice place to eat.

Spearfish Canyon - make sure you stop at Roughlock Falls as it is very pretty.

If you go to Deadwood the Wild Bill Bar has a downstairs section which I believe is the old original bar, we missed it despite being in the bar!!  The No. 10 Saloon is very authentic and worth popping into.  The Cemetery is probably interesting but was just closing as we arrived, note you need to pay to go in.  Also a short trip away is the town of Lead where you will find Sanford Homestake Gold Mining Museum which is pretty interesting to see.  Will only take up an hour of your time but worth it.

Also near Deadwood is Tatanka, a place created by Kevin Costener.  We didn't have time to go, but it looked interesting if you like bison.

http://www.storyofthebison.com

We stayed at Chris' Camp in Spearfish - a commercial RV Park which was pretty run of the mill.  We liked it and the family who run it were very friendly recommending places to eat and they gave out a leaflet with recommended drives.  I am sure I took photos so will see if I can find them and post here later.

Can't find those photos but I know I kept the leaflet in the trailer.  If you are going after May, I can get a copy of the drives to you.  We arrive May 8th so it would be around then if that is any good to you.     
 

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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2018, 11:12:43 AM »
At Mt. Rushmore do the Evening Program, very cool.
About 40 miles south of Rushmore is Hot Springs where The Mammoth Site is and it is worth a stop. http://www.mammothsite.org/
Adjusting your route through Waterloo, IA the two John Deere plants and the museum are defiantly worth a stop. (reservations are a good idea). https://www.deere.com/en/connect-with-john-deere/visit-john-deere/factory-tours/

If you are on I-80...
West of Omaha is the Strategic Air Command Museum. https://sacmuseum.org/
There is a very nice car museum in Kearney, NE at the Cabela's. http://www.ccckearney.com/
The Bailey yard in North Platte is a good stop. https://goldenspiketower.com/tours/north-platte/
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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #35 on: April 24, 2018, 11:09:27 PM »
If you, or anyone in your family, is a fan of the "Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the town of DeSmet, SD is about 30 minutes north of the highway. It's the town the family lived in the last 3 books in the series (don't believe what you saw on the cheesy television show). You can see the actual Ingalls homestead and see some of the places in town, such as the school house and Loftus' store. I was a huge fan of these books when I was a little girl and it's great to get to actually see it with your own eyes, if that sort of thing interests you :)

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Re: Chicago to Mt Rushmore, what is in between?
« Reply #36 on: April 26, 2018, 04:53:40 PM »
The area typifies the westward movement and there are lots of places to visit, including forts and museums.  You'll probably follow at least some of the Lewis and Clark Expedition trail and there are many historical sites along it.  If you're on an interstate highway look for the brow signs that direct you to points of interest.  Also when entering a new state many have visitor centers with all kinds of information (dependent on state budgets these days).  Some are really good and have brochures and maps for different areas of the state.

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