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Chrisa0615

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Posted: 08/22/20 10:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have multiple families that plan on RV’ing from Dayton Ohio to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, and the Blackhills in June. I have tried to find someone to design the trip but can’t find travel agents that do this [emoticon] We have never been and plan on taking approx 2 weeks. We plan on driving there as quickly as possible, and taking our time for site seeing once we get there heading through the sites and towards home. Can you please give us ideas on where we should stop 1st, best sites to see, and how many days to see in each? What we absolutely don’t want to miss and if you have suggestions on where to stay “RV parks” along the way etc? We want to see and experience as much as possible. Thank you!!!

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If you're a Good Sam member, you can use their online trip planner https://www.goodsam.com/trip-planner/
Take your pick which area you want to visit first, Yellowstone or Black Hills. Mt. Rushmore is 1 day at most, sometimes only a few hours but there's a lot more to see and do in the Black Hills, especially if you like hiking.


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Aggressive schedule for my family.

Wall drug, Custer np for the bison, prairie dogs, my kids liked the corn palace.

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seems to me that the way I would go would be dayton to davenport, to omaha, to sioux falls, to rapid city,to billings and drop down into yellowstone from the North. roughly 2000 miles/4 days just to get there.
avoid wall drugs, check out the corn palace.bad lands natl park. see rushmore and crazy horse memorial. devil's tower. you will have over a week of driving and a week to sight see. at yellowstone make a one day trip on the N loop and one day on S loop and try to hit old faithful right.
much to see, little time to see it.
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That’s a bunch of driving in a short amount of time. Kids won’t be happy.


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For starters search this Forum for each of those locations to get a sense of what they are about.
We took the bus tour of Rushmore and Crazy Horse which included a lunch. Leave the driving to others.
It's easy to spend four days in Yellowstone.
BTW Dayton to Mr. Rushmore is more than 1200 miles [emoticon]. That's conceivably three days of driving each way! Nuf said.


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Don't waste a stop at Wall Drug store as it is nothing but a large curio shop with many billboards for hundreds of miles around! Custer State Park is worth a couple of days, with scenery, bison, fishing, and relaxing. You could also use it as a base for seeing Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse.

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We took that trip from Cincinnati last month, our trip was.

1st night travel stop Des Moine Iowa
2nd night travel stop Cheyenne Wyoming
3 nights at Headwaters in Grand Teton national park which is right outside the South Gate of Yellowstone.
5 nights in West Yellowstone Montana
2 nights in Cody Wyoming
3 nights in Custer state park
1 night while traveling home back in Des Moine Iowa

Definitely don’t miss the Grand Tetons.
5 days in Yellowstone was plenty, unless you do a lot of hiking
Cody, including the drive out of the east gate of Yellowstone to Cody was great. Night rodeo in Cody was a highlight of the trip per my kids.
Custer state park in South Dakota was a great surprise. Lots to do there, and also close to Mt Rushmore, Crazy horse, Wind Cave national park, and just a couple hours from the badlands.

Campgrounds were:
Des Moines KOA
Cheyenne KOA
Head water resort GTNP
Grizzly RV resort West Yellowstone
Buffalo Bill state park, Cody WY
Custer state park, SD
Des Moines KOA

All of the destination campgrounds were great, however I would probably do Colter Bay in the Tetons instead of headwaters.

The KOA’s were all friendly and clean, but definitely not where I would want to spend a weekend, but they were convenient right off of the interstate and mostly flat, so we didn’t even unhook the camper.

* This post was edited 08/22/20 02:52pm by ifd22 *


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With Covid make sure you call in advance to make sure about the status of these Major attractions. Might be closed or might have limitations on attendance which may require reservations etc to even enter/view.


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ifd22 wrote:

We took that trip from Cincinnati last month, our trip was.

1st night travel stop Des Moine Iowa
2nd night travel stop Cheyenne Wyoming
3 nights at Headwaters in Grand Teton national park which is right outside the South Gate of Yellowstone.
5 nights in West Yellowstone Montana
2 nights in Cody Wyoming
3 nights in Custer state park
1 night while traveling home back in Des Moine Iowa

Definitely don’t miss the Grand Tetons.
5 days in Yellowstone was plenty, unless you do a lot of hiking
Cody, including the drive out of the east gate of Yellowstone to Cody was great. Night rodeo in Cody was a highlight of the trip per my kids.
Custer state park in South Dakota was a great surprise. Lots to do there, and also close to Mt Rushmore, Crazy horse, Wind Cave national park, and just a couple hours from the badlands.

Campgrounds were:
Des Moines KOA
Cheyenne KOA
Head water resort GTNP
Grizzly RV resort West Yellowstone
Buffalo Bill state park, Cody WY
Custer state park, SD
Des Moines KOA

All of the destination campgrounds were great, however I would probably do Colter Bay in the Tetons instead of headwaters.

The KOA’s were all friendly and clean, but definitely not where I would want to spend a weekend, but they were convenient right off of the interstate and mostly flat, so we didn’t even unhook the camper.


There you go - Only comments are that you go to the Tetons Via RT 26
Agree with Colter Bay - BUT - FHU's may be available in YNP next year, Fishing Bridge has been under construction and should be open Next year, so you might just check on that, tight but a lot closer to the sights.

If you need FHU's in SD you may just stay in the Custer area not in the Custer SP.

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