We're trying to plan a relatively spur of the moment trip to see Mt Rushmore in about a month. There will be 4 of us, me, hubby, 10yo and 5yo girls. We want to see Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Wild Horse Sanctuary, maybe Bear Country, the Reptile place and/or Mammoth Site, and take a scenic drive, do a little light hiking.
What town would you stay in, that would be the most central to these activities?
Also, which scenic drive has the best kid-friendly trails for light hiking with a 5yo? I read about the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park, the Needles Hwy, Iron Mountain Road and Sylvan Lake. We'd like to be able to enjoy some scenery while we drive, and make a few stops along the way for hiking and exploring, maybe a picnic lunch. We'll only be in the area for about 3.5 days, so we probably need to choose just one drive/hike. Which one would you recommend?