I will be making my first trip to the area and am mostly interested in seeing the sights in person to take some pics and just soak in the natural beauty. Trip started as plan to see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse so they are must do's. I may be traveling alone (34, F) or may have a friend joining but no children. I have never really hiked so probably not going to attempt it alone in July which is Hot! Starting in Des Moines, spending first night in Sioux Falls, then probably do the Badlands scenic loop on the way to Rapid City. I am staying in Rapid City because I have points for free hotel nights. I thought I was fairly centrally located to the main attractions but reading on here, I worry about all of the driving honestly. Also some of the scenic byways that I want to do sound a bit scary for someone who will be distracted by the sights around her. All of that being said, I need some help with the timing of my iten. I was planning 2 nights in Rapid City but I can extend to 3 if needed. I am open to doing 1 cave but its not a deal breaker if I don't make it either. Would I be better off with an organized tour with guide (which I enjoyed from LV to Grand Canyon) for some of the sites such as Needles and the Wildlife Loop? Do I really have time to include Spearfish Canyon to the North or Devils Tower? Also open to a Gold Mine tour possibly and the Rushmore Tramway and/or Alpine Slide sounds cool. Since staying in Rapid City, I would like to go downtown and see the Presidential statues and I want to see Mount Rushmore both at day and night. There is a wealth of information available and I have ordered travel guides and poured over the sites (not just TA). I read that everything is close by but then I read that I may spend all of my time in the car???