We are taking the Caravan tour to Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone. The tour is based out of the Radisson, Rapid City. We have booked our first night there on our own, but that could be changed if you think that another site would be better for the first night.
Please review the following and provide any feedback that you believe would be helpful.
We will be arriving on Tuesday afternoon and will join the tour on Wednesday night. On our own, we would like to take a helicopter tour on the Tuesday that we arrive.) Since we will be going to both Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore as part of the tour, we would like to see the lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore that night. How long should we allow for this? Is traffic insane? Would we do better on a tour?
On Wednesday morning, we think that we would like to drive out and see Devil's Tower. I have read that there is a campground near there where one can get excellent views and take pictures. (Bear in mind that we both have short attention spans and neither of us cares to climb it or even hike around the base. We just want to get a few pictures and be on our way.) I know that it is about 100 miles from Rapid City, so is it worth the drive? What will the traffic be like early in the morning. We will still be on eastern time, so leaving early is not a problem. What time would you suggest?
We then want to stop in Deadwood. We want to see the Mt. Moriah cemetery and Saloon #10. Are there other fun things to see here? We do not usually do well in museums.
Thank you for reading this far and for any suggestion that you may make. One more question, if it rains, can you suggest places in Rapid City?