Well we're officially less than one week away from our big trip to South Dakota and couldn't be more excited. I've been on these forums a lot these past couple months and gotten a ton of valuable information. This is the first big road trip for my family so I thought I would post our preliminary itinerary to see if anyone has any last minute advice for us. I will be traveling from Lincoln, NE with my 6 1/2 month pregnant wife and soon to be 3 year old son. We are spending 7 days and 6 nights on this trip. We have two different cabins reserved for the trip. We want to try and see everything we can, but at the same time find time to relax. Ok, so here is our itinerary so far.
Day 1 - Our big driving day. Going to see some of the sights in Nebraska on our way up to South Dakota and stop about 3/4 the way for the night.
Day 2 - Only have about 3 1/2 hours of driving. Will stop for groceries on our way to Hill City. Our cabin is just north of there and we can't check in till later. Thinking about going to Pactola Lake and spend the day around there till we can check in. Might fish if I decide to bring the gear.
Day 3 - It will be my son's birthday so we are gearing the day towards him. Heading to Rapid City where we will go to a combination of these places: Storybrook Island, Reptile Gardens, Bear Country, Old McDonald's Farm, and Watiki Water Park. We probably won't have time, or the energy, to go to all these places. Will probably have one meal in Rapid City. I've read that Firehouse Brewing Co, Tally's Silver Spoon, and Murphy's Pub and Grill would be good places to eat.
Day 4 - My son loves trains so he and I will be doing the one way 1880 train trip from Hill City to Keystone while my wife drives. Will spend some time in Keystone seeing the town. Might do the chairlift and the Alpine Slide. Might try and eat at the Powder House Lodge and/or Big Time Pizza. In the evening we are planning on doing Iron Mtn Road to Mount Rushmore. Might stay for the lighting ceremony.
Day 5 - Check out of cabin #1. Other cabin is near Custer. Will probably hit up Crazy Horse Memorial and Flintstone Park that day.
Day 6 - Custer State Park - Getting up early and doing the wildlife loop and Sylvan Lake. Will probably spend the rest of the time relaxing at the cabin.
Day 7 - Check out of our cabin. On our way back to Nebraska I'm thinking about going through the Badlands. Not sure the next time we would ever be up this way again so I think we should stop when we have the chance. How long does seeing it take? We would want to get out at a few of the stops it has, but not all.
I would appreciate any advice you have. Our trip can't come fast enough!