I will be taking my first trip to this area in a few weeks. We are driving west on hwy 90 from Milwaukee and we have a reservation for one night at the Cedar Pass cabins followed by 5 nights in Hill City. I'm wondering what route will allow us to see as much of the Badlands as possible and then what would be a scenic route to Hill City. It looks like the loop goes off of 90 at Cactus flat and then rejoins it at Wall. Would it make sense to take 90 to Wall and then backtrack on the loop? And then take Hwy 44 or some other non-interstate road to Hill City?
Our priorities are: hiking in the Badlands, getting to Hill City in time for dinner and driving the most scenic routes. We're not interested in seeing Wall Drug as such but should we spend the night before in Wall to be close to the Badlands the next day?