I have received some great advice on here and revised my itinerary to lighten it up some. We are a party of six consisting of my 74 year old father, 64 year old mother, me (42), my daughter and son-in-law who are both 23 and my will be 8 month old granddaughter. My parents and I will be visiting my daughter and her family who live in Sioux Falls. We will be traveling to the Black Hills on August 13 and staying two nights at High Country Guest Ranch in Hill City. My son-in-law is the only one of us who has been to the area before. I've tried to keep our plans light to have some flexibility with older folks and the baby.
Here is what I have planned. I'd appreciate any thoughts and advice.
Aug 13 - Leave Sioux Falls very early (between 4 and 5 am ct) drive to the Badlands and drive the loop. We'll stop for lots of photos I'm sure. Hope to do a couple of short walks (probably Doors or Windows trails). We'll stop by the missleman visitor center but probably won't take time for the tour. I do hope to also stop at the silo. We will then stop in Wall mostly just the drug store. I think that we should be able to get to Hill City before 4 without feeling rushed.
Aug 14 - plan to visit Sylvan Lake, drive Needles and Iron Mt roads and visit Mt. Rushmore. Not planning any set times and expect to have extra time. Some other possible activites for that day may include 1880 train, Mt Rushmore lighting, chuckwagon dinner at circle b, shopping/exploring Keystone and/or Hill City, hanging out at the cabin and enjoying the pool.
Aug 15 - up early again and get to Crazy Horse when they open at 8 (my father has wanted to see this forever) will spend an hour or two then drive through Custer SP and the wildlife loop road. We will then head out 36/79 back up to I-90 and the long ride back to Sioux Falls
Any thoughts appreciated. Also, any other activities that I can add to the bag as possibilities for our full day? Of course I don't plan to do them all, just want to have a lot of options ready. If the older folks and the baby need some down time, my daughter and son-in-law and I would like to do a more strenuous hike, maybe to Harney Peak?
Thanks for all the great advice so far!