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Motorcycle trip to rushmore and yellowstone from ohio

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Motorcycle trip to rushmore and yellowstone from ohio

hi everyone, really enjoyed reading "thoughts on itinerary" on previous post. I think our trip will be very similar. We will be getting into the area on july 4th and just not sure where to stay to see the fireworks. I read they are not doing them at Mt. Rushmore but in Lead or are there other areas that are having fireworks?.would Lead be a good location to stay as a base ? maybe you could tell us a place to stay close by where we might even be able to see from our hotel area and not have to be in all the traffic getting in and out .cuz being on a bike at night in alot of crowds can be difficult with people walking in front of you.

Also we would like to have a base for two days in one spot to see sights and then move to another spot for two more days and see the other highlights. Can you all give me an itinerary also of how you would see the area in about 4-5 days. its easier when we can leave our luggage at hotel. I am just not good at mapping our days. just two adults in 50's some hotel ideas would be great also if you are allowed to share those on this forum. Just would like to travel in a logical order , as my husband says to me you have us riding all day to one destination and you dont include the stops on the way. so we end up driving most of the time passing same sites a million times hah. I need help to use riding time wisely. I would really appreciate any help you could give me and quickly cuz we are leaving on Saturday 6-30-12.!!!

Also about the Rodeo in Cody is it something that is worth seeing especially since we have never seen one. is this something you would reccomend seeing?

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A good place to base yourself in the Black Hills is Keystone or Hill City. Go online and look at the travel guide which has sample trip plans, info on lodging, sites to see, etc.-

www.travelsd.com

It is a full day drive from the Black Hills to Cody so plan accordingly. Yes the Cody museums and rodeo are highly recommended. If you will be in Cody between July 1-4 you will need to get tickets because that is the Cody Stampede but shouldn't have trouble getting tickets at any other time.

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Peachbelle gave you some good advice regarding Keystone and Hill City being a good place to base yourselves. Both are very central locations to most of the Black Hills attractions and both offer quite a few lodging choices. However, if you plan on a late night in Deadwood, you may want to consider staying in the Deadwood/Lead area for a night, especially if you want to take in the fireworks in Lead. Deadwood and Lead are a 35/40 minute drive from the Hill City area and the roads very dark at night. Deadwood is mainly a gambling town with a lot of history, If you are interested in the history, as well as gambling, a day or two in Deadwood would suffice. Spearfish Canyon, not far from Deadwood, is a gorgeous canyon with several beautiful waterfalls and a great bike trip. Depending on what your interests are, you can spend a couple of hours to more than half a day in the canyon. Devils Tower, in the Wyoming portion of the Black Hills, is about an hours drive from Spearfish Canyon. You could make a day trip out of the canyon and Devils Tower. Deadwood has numerous lodging choices, none of which we have stayed in so I cannot recommend any. I would suggest looking at the TA reviews to help you make a choice. Since you mentioned you wanted to possibly see the fireworks in Lead, I would suggest seeing the northern Black Hills at the end of your trip. As far as viewing the fireworks from your hotel, I don't believe you would get a good view. You could perhaps drive to the top of one of the surrounding hills to view and avoid the crowds.

TIP: For some great food, try the little cafe at Cheyenne Crossing, located at the southern entrance to Spearfish Canyon. All the food is made from scratch, great desserts, reasonably priced, casual and very friendly atmosphere. I have included their website for you to check out their hours and menu.

http://www.cheyennecrossing.org/index.html

Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Park, Wind Cave National Park and Crazy Horse are all closer to the Keystone/Hill City area. The town of Custer is also a pretty central location to these areas and has quite a few lodging choices. Staying in Custer State Park is also a possibility, although a little pricier. However, depending on your budget, there is something very special about staying at one of the four lodges in the park. We personally love the Blue Bell Lodge resort but we have not stayed there in recent years. We have been renting a privately, owned cabin in the Hill City area for the past 10 years. Again, check out the TA reviews when making a lodging choice in any of these areas.

Knowing your interests would help TA advisors recommend day trips. Do you plan on just sight seeing or do you want to get out and explore the area with some hikes, trail rides, caves, etc.? It will probably be impossible to not backtrack in some areas but we can try to help alleiviate as much backtracking as possible. Here is a short list of "must sees" in this area:

MT RUSHMORE - For best photo opts, visit monument in the morning or early afternoon hours. Your parking receipt is good for a year. Make sure you keep it if you plan on returning for the evening lighting ceremony.

CRAZY HORSE

JEWEL CAVE OR WIND CAVE

CUSTER STATE PARK: Includes the following areas

WILDLIFE LOOP ROAD - Best times to drive is early morning, before it gets too hot or late afernoon/early evening. Wildlife is more active.

TIP: Sometimes the herds move off the main road and can be found by taking a side, gravel road. Before driving the Loop Road, stop a ranger or stop at the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center and ask where the buffalo herds can be found.

SYLVAN LAKE/NEEDLES HIGHWAY

IRON MOUNTAIN ROAD - For the best experience, drive this road from the south to the north, towards Mt. Rushmore.

Coming from Ohio, I assume you plan to see the Badlands on your way or way out. Either is possible. Plan on a couple of hours to a half day exploring this area.

I know I tend to be a little wordy but I hope I have helped. If you have interests that were not addressed, let us know.

Edited: 2:01 pm, June 25, 2012
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I agree about splitting your time between the northern and central regions. So, July 4th is your arrival day? If so, then you can plan on spending 2 nights in the north and 3 in the central (Hill City or Keystone are great options, as is Custer or Custer SP).

I believe the town of Custer also does a fireworks display, as probably Rapid City does also. Rushmore has stopped fireworks due to the Pine Beetle infestation.

Mt. Mama's list of must sees, as Peach's recommendation for the travel planner are great tools to have.

For your 2 nights in the north, you can plan on Spearfish Canyon, Devil's Tower and Deadwood. Spearfish & Devil's Tower are a great daytrip.

For your time in the central region, Needles Hwy, Crazy Horse, Jewel Cave & Sylvan Lake can be grouped. Rushmore, Iron Mt Rd, Wildlife Loop and Wind Cave can be grouped. There are many other neat places to see.

Once you get your lodging set (at least the town) and your must see sights in place, let us know, and we can help plan your days. As Mt. Mama said, it's harder not knowing what you are interested in. We could recommend the caves, but you may have an aversion to being underground.

We look forward to helping you further.

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thank you so much used trip planner very helpful!

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we are going to spend the first two nights 4th and 5th in Custer at chief hotel we will see fireworks in custer as you said - so we can see the central section that include Needles Hwy, Crazy Horse, Jewel Cave & Sylvan Lake . Then Rushmore, Iron Mt Rd, Wildlife Loop and Wind Cave . then we are thinking about heading up to deadwood /sturgis area and see Spearfish Canyon, Devil's Tower and Deadwood. I read there is a casino there and we do enjoy a few slots and poker. as you said Spearfish & Devil's Tower would be a great daytrip. We are not much for long strenuous hikes but we love to take short hikes mile or two . love water falls and swimming especially when warm. Caves sound nice i am sure they are not too strenuos. with these listed what order do you think we should see them i tried looking at them on the trip planner but could not figure out how to find each place and plug them in . i will keep trying though

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There's several casinos in Deadwood, but they are on a small scale. They will be enough to keep you occupied for a little while though. Don't worry on the cave tours as long as you can do steps. There's no crawling involved unless you do a spelunking tour, only the diehards do. If you are worried about it being too strenuous, position yourself with the ranger in the front of the tour. They tend to go at a pretty easy pace. If you get at the back because you like pics (me...), you tend to have to move a bit quicker to keep up.

I would avoid Rushmore on 7/4. It will be busy everywhere that time of year, but Rushmore tends to be busy 7/3 and 7/4. Therefore, I'd focus on Jewel Cave, Needles Hwy, Sylvan Lake, and Crazy Horse on 7/4. Make advance reservations at Jewel one week prior. It will be a necessity that day. On 7/5 do Wildlife Loop, Wind Cave, Iron Mt Rd, and Rushmore.

You will love Spearfish Canyon since you like short hikes and waterfalls.

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thanks again! you have really helped me with this trip !

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Well we are back from our trip. we did 3500 miles in 11 days . it was great , went to kansas city , mo , and next to sioux falls, falls park was really pretty water a little low because of the drought but still was worth seeing,from there to Corn Palace, and then to wall drug really a nice store prices were really good, in the morning(it was 103 in the afternoon so we went back and did the badlands loop, my that was gorgeous was really windy but the rock formations and color were just beautiful . From there we went to Custer State Park, we swam in Sylvan Lake, water was cold but it was so hot it was nice, so beautiful there, did some of needles hwy, and the wilderness loop did not see much but buffalo, deer and donkey but the ride was nice curvy and hilly. The next morning we got up and headed to Crazy Horse, we did not go in just stopped at info center and took pics from there, then we went to mt rushmore we did go in there, that was astonishing to believe they did that in 16 years and Crazy Horse has been 60 years in the making dont understand, but we loved mt rushmore. Next stop Dead wood. That was a nice town we stayed there 2 days. First night took the trolley from our hotel super 8 to downtown and walked around and had dinner. Alot of old Casinos, we did not play but just walked around and took pics. The next day we drove to Devils Tower it was cloudy and rainy most of the day but we walked around the tower, that is a sight to see we took alot of pics and saw young men and woman climing it some were even on top. We went back to the hotel and just swam had dinner and played in the casino it was fun. Next day we headed to Sturgis, went to harley shop and took pics with bike and got tee shirts, then we rode thru spearfish Canyon. The canyons were so beautiful and the water along it was low but still beautiful, the falls were beautiful too, it was raining / drizzling all thru it though but it was still beautiful Then we headed for home. We rode hard for a day and then stopped at okajobi lake in iowa/minnesota border, what a beautiful area that was there are five lakes in Arnold Park, iowa. then we headed to Animosa, iowa and went to the national motorcycle museum - this was great stop if you go that way again , and visited JP cycles. The next day we headed to the American Pickers shop and to the indiana dunes- which are beautiful right on lake michigan and blue Chip Casino that was huge and fun! Next day we went home sad but we had a wonderful trip and thank you for all of your help!

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Thanks so much for sharing your travels with us. We love to hear how trips went.

About Crazy Horse vs. Rushmore...

Rushmore received government funding. Crazy Horse did not. Korczak, the sculptor, who passed away several years back, and his family never wanted public funding. Their monies come from admission into the monument. Now Korscak's wife and most of his children oversee the project. We were fortunate enough to see his wife while touring the facility. I have sincere doubts if the project will ever finish. It really has a fascinating history, even more interesting than Rushmore, IMO. If you are in the area again, I'd highly recommend more than just a pass-by.

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