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Buehler445
07-13-2009, 11:51 AM
For the wife and I's anniversary, we are heading up to Mt Rushmore. I figured I'd leverage the knowledge of the Planet to maximize the value of the trip.

Basically, what are the best things to do up there? (Other than see the faces) Are there any must sees?

What about places to stay? Should I try to get close, or stay in Rapid City? The stuff close there is probably unbelievably expensive, no?

What about other stuff in the area?

Any must visit places to eat? I'm a pretty big fan of food. (Yes, I know NAPA can supply me with Antifreeze)

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Iowanian
07-13-2009, 11:52 AM
I thought Rushmore was more of a "stop" along the way to somewhere else.

My recommendation is to drive t hrough the badlands and maybe go to Devils Tower.

Jenson71
07-13-2009, 11:56 AM
Bear Country. Crazy Horse is another mountain monument to see close by. Deadwood for some cards and old West lore. Wall Drug, maybe. It's nothing too exciting though, but maybe you'd like it. Badlands, Black Hills are great.

There's a cafe at Mt. Rushmore - that's all I know of. There's a small town at the bottom of the mountain that has some lodges that I used to dream of owning a cabin there. That's as close as you can get.

Frazod
07-13-2009, 12:01 PM
For the wife and I's anniversary, we are heading up to Mt Rushmore. I figured I'd leverage the knowledge of the Planet to maximize the value of the trip.

Basically, what are the best things to do up there? (Other than see the faces) Are there any must sees?

What about places to stay? Should I try to get close, or stay in Rapid City? The stuff close there is probably unbelievably expensive, no?

What about other stuff in the area?

Any must visit places to eat? I'm a pretty big fan of food. (Yes, I know NAPA can supply me with Antifreeze)

Any advice would be appreciated.
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I love the Black Hills. Mt. Rushmore is cool, but Custer State Park is the jewel of the area. There are four resorts in the park, two of which I have stayed at. My personal favorite is Sylvan Lake Lodge - you can get a cabin or stay in the lodge itself (all of the resorts have cabins). Sylvan Lake is my favorite place on earth.

There are plenty of places to stay in Custer, as well. And unlike Yellowstone, which is isolated and ran by one government contracted company, business competition in the Black Hills keeps prices reasonable.

Do NOT stay in Rapid City. Too far away from everything.

Places to go:

Sylvan Lake
Needles Highway
Harney Peak (highest mountain at 7224 feet - tough hike, but if I can get my fat ass up there, so can you).
Deadwood (northern part of the area, but fun and worth the drive). Eat at Jake's Restaurant in the Midnight Star which is owned by Kevin Costner. Great food.
Devil's Tower (in Wyoming, far away but also worth the drive).
Several caves, including Wind and Jewel.
Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park - lots of critters, although you will quickly tire of the buffalo. You can take jeep rides out of the State Game Lodge and horseback rides out of Blue Bell Lodge.
And finally, despite all the stupid signs that will make you think it is some stupid tourist trap, definitely check out the Cosmos Mystery Area.

Any other questions I'll be happy to answer.

CoMoChief
07-13-2009, 12:05 PM
Horseback riding in that part of the country is awesome. Forgot what ranch me and my dad went to. But it was free riding, meaning there wasn't really a trail with a lead rider or anything. The guy owned a shit ton of land up in the mountains and we rode wherever we wanted to go. Thats how you really learn how to ride a horse if you havent ever done it before.

Badlands are badass.

When I was a kid I actually met the last lone survivor that helped build Mt Rushmore. He was 90 something I think, very elderly man, told stories of building it by the lookout area. Kinda cool.

I think there is a zoo there as well. I'm not sure....havent been there in a long time.

btlook1
07-13-2009, 12:16 PM
Badlands- plan on spending at least a few hours.
Crazy Horse- a couple of hours. It's very entertaining watch the movie.
Mt. Rushmore-disappointment for me. Go see it so you can say you did then don't ever go back.
Wall Drug...interesting and disappointing after seeing signs for it for 200 miles!
Deadwood looked fun however didn't spend anytime there.

Iowanian
07-13-2009, 12:22 PM
Jewel cave is in the area, and It was worth the time to walk through it...i

Jenson71
07-13-2009, 12:24 PM
Maybe on your way you can go to Yankton, where I used to live, and the Corn Palace.

Raised On Riots
07-13-2009, 12:30 PM
Maybe on your way you can go to Yankton, where I used to live, and the Corn Palace.

ROFL Is that just north of "Strokinville"? :D

Raised On Riots
07-13-2009, 12:31 PM
"Yankton at Headlyshire; come play in our Cornhole".

ROFL

Chieficus
07-13-2009, 12:32 PM
Just got back there from a trip a couple of weeks back with the fam. We stayed in Hill City, which is just a few minutes from Rushmore, I don't know where she found the deals at, but my sister managed to book rooms there at the Best Western for under $90 a night.

Rapid City is a good 30 minute drive from Rushmore, so I wouldn't stay there.

If you go to Rushmore, go closer to evening and watch the lighting ceremony (the ceremony itself wasn't great, but Rushmore at night is pretty cool). I'd suggest going through Custer state park, travel Iron Mountain Hwy and Needles Hwy. And certainly drive through the Badlands.

Oh, and I thought Crazyhorse was a waste of money... granted we had a car of 8 people, it cost us $27 to get in, and then they wanted more for the bus tour that might actually give you a decent view...

Jenson71
07-13-2009, 12:39 PM
ROFL Is that just north of "Strokinville"? :D

South. The Strokinville Monkeys. We'd spank those Monkeys every year in football.

Raised On Riots
07-13-2009, 12:44 PM
South. The Strokinville Monkeys. We'd spank those Monkeys every year in football.

LMAO:clap:

rambleonthruthefog
07-13-2009, 01:10 PM
needles

Baconeater
07-13-2009, 01:12 PM
I love the Black Hills. Mt. Rushmore is cool, but Custer State Park is the jewel of the area. There are four resorts in the park, two of which I have stayed at. My personal favorite is Sylvan Lake Lodge - you can get a cabin or stay in the lodge itself (all of the resorts have cabins). Sylvan Lake is my favorite place on earth.

There are plenty of places to stay in Custer, as well. And unlike Yellowstone, which is isolated and ran by one government contracted company, business competition in the Black Hills keeps prices reasonable.

Do NOT stay in Rapid City. Too far away from everything.

Places to go:

Sylvan Lake
Needles Highway
Harney Peak (highest mountain at 7224 feet - tough hike, but if I can get my fat ass up there, so can you).
Deadwood (northern part of the area, but fun and worth the drive). Eat at Jake's Restaurant in the Midnight Star which is owned by Kevin Costner. Great food.
Devil's Tower (in Wyoming, far away but also worth the drive).
Several caves, including Wind and Jewel.
Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park - lots of critters, although you will quickly tire of the buffalo. You can take jeep rides out of the State Game Lodge and horseback rides out of Blue Bell Lodge.
And finally, despite all the stupid signs that will make you think it is some stupid tourist trap, definitely check out the Cosmos Mystery Area.

Any other questions I'll be happy to answer.
Pretty much all of this, except for the Cosmos Mystery Area. That was a complete sham. There's also a cool maze thing outside Rapid City but I don't have time to look it up right now.

Frazod
07-13-2009, 01:18 PM
Pretty much all of this, except for the Cosmos Mystery Area. That was a complete sham. There's also a cool maze thing outside Rapid City but I don't have time to look it up right now.

I'm really not sure how you could say the Cosmos area was a sham. Did you not feel the weird effects of the place?

I had joked about those silly signs for years, and finally the last time we went out there my curiously was piqued to the point where I finally checked it out. I regretted not going sooner.

Baconeater
07-13-2009, 01:24 PM
I'm really not sure how you could say the Cosmos area was a sham. Did you not feel the weird effects of the place?

I had joked about those silly signs for years, and finally the last time we went out there my curiously was piqued to the point where I finally checked it out. I regretted not going sooner.
I did feel a little dizzy after we were done, but I attributed that to an hour of standing on all of the crooked floors in the place. Most of the exhibitions were simply illusions and were easily explainable IMO.

Monty
07-13-2009, 01:27 PM
Frazod gave some excellent suggestions, but here are a few more:

Alpine Inn(Hill City) - Great Prime Rib dinner.
Miner's Den(Deadwood) - Good grub as well.
Firehouse Brewery(Rapid City) - Great beer and the food is decent.
Purple Pie House(Custer) - If you like homemade pies, this place has GREAT pies. I'd recommend the Bumbleberry and Rhubarb.
There are a lot of places just south of Rapid(Reptile Gardens, Bear Country, Rushmore Slide, The Maze, etc). If you're planning on doing a lot of this type of stuff, get the coupon book at the link below to save a few bucks:
http://www.blackhillsdiscounts.com/
If you're fishing, Pactola Lake has been good and if you're willing to go 15 miles west of Hill City, Deerfield Reservoir is very good too. You won't have as many tourists as you would at Sylvan Lake or Pactola, but none are especially busy. I prefer Deerfield because the land including and surrounding that area used to be owned by my great-great grandfather, so it has more meaning for me.
If you're gambling in Deadwood, we preferred Cadillac Jack's over all the rest. We just returned last night from a trip up there and sampled most of the casinos and found that one to be the best of the bunch. Silverado was second IMO.

As far as lodging, I'd recommend staying in Keystone or Hill City. Rapid City is just too far out of the way IMO. The Best Western in Hill City is new and probably the nicest in town.

Definitely drive through the Hills, especially if you're going soon. The Black Hills are especially nice this year. If you have more questions, just let me know. I'm from the area and can answer any questions you have. Enjoy!

Monty
07-13-2009, 01:28 PM
I did feel a little dizzy after we were done, but I attributed that to an hour of standing on all of the crooked floors in the place. Most of the exhibitions were simply illusions and were easily explainable IMO.

Everyone should go to Cosmos at least once. It's fun entertainment. :)

Monty
07-13-2009, 01:34 PM
Oh, forgot to mention Skyline Drive in Rapid if you're there. It's a great view.

Regarding lodging in Hill City try this link: http://hillcitysd.com/hillcitylodging.html

Frazod
07-13-2009, 01:35 PM
I did feel a little dizzy after we were done, but I attributed that to an hour of standing on all of the crooked floors in the place. Most of the exhibitions were simply illusions and were easily explainable IMO.

While I recognize that the buildings/props were built to emphasize the effect, there was more to it than that. There are other places with similar gravatational anomolies throughout the world.

But to each his own, I guess.

Mr. Wizard
07-13-2009, 01:38 PM
Mr. Wizard and family went there last year. Here is our opinion;

- Join AAA. The travel books they send you when you email them where you are going are priceless, plus the discounts everywhere you go quickly pay for the fee and you have AAA insurance in case you have car troubles.
- Go in from the east and the badlands will be on the way. A must see, takes about two hours to go through.
- Do not miss devils tower, it is the most incredible thing we have ever seen. about an hour and a half from rapid city. MUST SEE. Takes 2 hours if you hike around the base. MUST DO.
- Very disappointed in crazy horse
- Mt Rushmore is great go early eve. so you have time to read, see it in the day then the lights.
- Loved deadwood.
- We stayed in rapid city but the aforementioned cabins sound fun.
- Have a great time and godspeed !

Mr Wizard and family

Bwana
07-13-2009, 01:57 PM
If you're in the area, make sure to make it to Deadwood and toss a few chips. If you do that, Kevin Costner has casino called the Midnight Star. On the second floor is a sports bar call Diamond Lil's. A lot of Costner's movie clothes are all over the place in there under glass, along with other memorabilia. If you want to treat your wife to a really nice meal, go up another floor to Jake's.

Link: http://www.themidnightstar.com/

Baconeater
07-13-2009, 05:05 PM
While I recognize that the buildings/props were built to emphasize the effect, there was more to it than that. There are other places with similar gravatational anomolies throughout the world.

But to each his own, I guess.
Heh

http://www.sandlotscience.com/MysterySpots/Mystery_Spots_1.htm

bobbymitch
07-13-2009, 05:12 PM
Remember that the Sturgis bike week starts the first week in August. So plan accordingly.

TIED5573
07-13-2009, 05:39 PM
Bear country usa, driving tour, lots of bears. Keystone is the town at the base of Rushmore, touristy stuff. Also don't forget Sturgis, and Spearfish, too. There is a steam train excursion out of Keystone, very scenic. Best thing was watching fireworks off the top of Mt. Rushmore, but it's on the 4th of July. Badlands is spectacular, but go at sunup or sundown.:evil:

Frazod
07-13-2009, 06:02 PM
Heh

http://www.sandlotscience.com/MysterySpots/Mystery_Spots_1.htm

Like.I said, I realized the buildings were deliberately constructed at goofy angles. That doesn't explain the strange sensations you experience outside.

Baconeater
07-13-2009, 06:35 PM
Like.I said, I realized the buildings were deliberately constructed at goofy angles. That doesn't explain the strange sensations you experience outside.
You just won't let me rain on your parade, will you? :grr:

Frazod
07-13-2009, 06:53 PM
You just won't let me rain on your parade, will you? :grr:

No. Despite the hokey crap, there IS some unusual stuff going on there.

I would have been pissed if I just went there for the tilted house. I knew that was bullshit.

mlyonsd
07-13-2009, 07:12 PM
Remember that the Sturgis bike week starts the first week in August. So plan accordingly.

This. IF you could get a room you'd pay through the nose.

mlyonsd
07-13-2009, 07:14 PM
needles

If you're up to a small hike, when you've parked at the Needles you can hike up around them to get some great views.

mlyonsd
07-13-2009, 07:17 PM
If you've got the cash I enjoyed the helicopter tour of Rushmore.

mlyonsd
07-13-2009, 07:25 PM
In Custer Park, sometimes you can see some awesome stuff on the wildlife loop. That's hit and miss though.

Also, Mt. Coolidge is free, and you can drive to one of the highest points in the Black Hills. You can see Rushmore and Crazy Horse from the fire station lookout. You might want to consider packing a cooler lunch while in Custer, there are plenty of nice places to pull over and take a rest. The horse rudes out of the Blue Bell Lodge aren't bad, you get back into the real woods on them.

If you're into caves I'd suggest either Jewel, or Wind, those are state run.

If you're into mountain bikes you can ride the Mickleson trail. You might have to bring your own, not sure if they are rented anywhere.

I think a lot of the rest of it is tour trap stuff.

Best burger in the hills is at Lewie's, just short of the turn to Terry Peak, just outside of Lead.

Oh yea, and you can get to the top of Terry Peak by driving up Summit road on the back side. There's a lookout up there as well.

Frazod
07-13-2009, 07:48 PM
If you've got the cash I enjoyed the helicopter tour of Rushmore.

I've done this. It is worth the price.

Also, great point about avoiding the rally. The entire area becomes a congested mess.

Rain Man
07-13-2009, 07:51 PM
It's a bit of a drive from Rapid City, but New York City is cool.

Al Czervik
07-13-2009, 08:59 PM
The steam train mentioned earlier....

http://www.1880train.com/

Also, the alpine slide has a nice little joint where you can
grab a burger or dog and a beer....Nice view overlooking Mt. Rushmore valley....

http://www.rushmorealpineslide.com/

DeezNutz
07-13-2009, 09:04 PM
It's a bit of a drive from Rapid City, but New York City is cool.

LMAO

Buehler445
07-13-2009, 09:26 PM
I'll look into all this stuff. Thanks a bunch fellas. As always, you came through in true CP form.

BTW, if we have an AMAZING time, I can always use that opportunity to say, "We wouldn't know WTF to do if I hadn't posted a thread on CP"

:)

MahiMike
07-13-2009, 09:32 PM
I heard there was a big traffic jam up there. Something about hauling a huge lump of coal to affix Obama onto the mountain...)

Frazod
07-13-2009, 09:39 PM
Sylvan Lake

Raised On Riots
07-14-2009, 10:12 AM
I heard there was a big traffic jam up there. Something about hauling a huge lump of coal to affix Obama onto the mountain...)

Ha-haaaaaaaaaa! ha......ha.....................ha...............................ha...

Fucktard.:spock:

Sofa King
07-14-2009, 10:27 AM
Maybe on your way you can go to Yankton, where I used to live, and the Corn Palace.


i only live 20 miles from the Corn Palace.... it's overrated... unless you like corn... which i do... so it's AWESOME!




as for the black hills, you have to hit Deadwood and go through all the different casinos. Cosmos is cool, once... Rushmore has to be seen in the night... crazy horse is "ok", devils tower is pretty cool although i havent hiked or climbed it...

Wall drug is a waste of time... unless you like blowing money on stupid crap...

and i actually enjoy the Sturgis Rally time... lotta interesting things go on there... although i would NOT pick that time to hit the touristy things...

Buehler445
07-14-2009, 10:34 AM
I'm planning on going next weekend (24th). Is that too close to Sturgis?
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Frazod
07-14-2009, 10:35 AM
I'm planning on going next weekend (24th). Is that too close to Sturgis?
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The rally's in August. You should be fine.

Sofa King
07-14-2009, 10:44 AM
The rally's in August. You should be fine.

^that...

rally is usually early august... you may still see a fair amount of bikes there... but nothing even remotely close to the rally numbers..

joesomebody
07-14-2009, 10:47 AM
Go to Yellowstone instead. You can stop at Mt. Rushmore on the way if you really have to see it. Yellowstone is possibly the coolest place on this great planet of ours.

If I had to choose between going back to Hawaii or going back to Yellowstone I would honestly have a tough time choosing. And when you factor in how cheap Yellowstone is, that is saying a lot.

Frazod
07-14-2009, 10:48 AM
I always go to the Black Hills in May, the week before Memorial Day. Everything's open, the weather's cool, and it's not crowded, which is the key for me. I spend five days a week in Chicago, I want peace and fucking quiet when I'm on vacation.

I honestly have no idea how bad it will be in the middle of summer, but considering that the Black Hills are pretty much a working man's vacation destination, with this economy it probably won't be as crowded as usual.

Frazod
07-14-2009, 10:53 AM
Go to Yellowstone instead. You can stop at Mt. Rushmore on the way if you really have to see it. Yellowstone is possibly the coolest place on this great planet of ours.

If I had to choose between going back to Hawaii or going back to Yellowstone I would honestly have a tough time choosing. And when you factor in how cheap Yellowstone is, that is saying a lot.

I couldn't possibly disagree with this more. Yellowstone is much more crowded and expensive. Last time I was there the roads were horrible and really, how much boiling stinking mud and steam can you look at before it just smells bad? The best part is the canyon.

I've been to the Black Hills five or six times and would go back tomorrow if I could. I've been to Yellowstone once, and that's plenty.

Sofa King
07-14-2009, 10:57 AM
never been to yellowstone but i've always heard it sucks... long, boring, and expensive...

Frazod
07-14-2009, 11:03 AM
never been to yellowstone but i've always heard it sucks... long, boring, and expensive...

Granted, I didn't take the time to explore the back country, but as far as the main stuff goes, it's worth seeing once. I don't regret going, but mainly for crossing it off my places-to-go list.

And Yosemite blows them all away.

Monty
07-14-2009, 12:06 PM
I always go to the Black Hills in May, the week before Memorial Day. Everything's open, the weather's cool, and it's not crowded, which is the key for me. I spend five days a week in Chicago, I want peace and fucking quiet when I'm on vacation.

I honestly have no idea how bad it will be in the middle of summer, but considering that the Black Hills are pretty much a working man's vacation destination, with this economy it probably won't be as crowded as usual.

I was just up there last week and was quite surprised that there weren't more people there. Deadwood was slower than normal and the traffic in the Hills was much less than I expected. We were also up there 2 years ago the week before the Rally and it wasn't too bad. Having lived up there, I would never go to the Hills during the Rally, but I've been there and done that numerous times. I prefer the peace and quiet as well.

Monty
07-14-2009, 12:06 PM
I couldn't possibly disagree with this more. Yellowstone is much more crowded and expensive. Last time I was there the roads were horrible and really, how much boiling stinking mud and steam can you look at before it just smells bad? The best part is the canyon.

I've been to the Black Hills five or six times and would go back tomorrow if I could. I've been to Yellowstone once, and that's plenty.

This, this and this!!

Delano
07-14-2009, 12:24 PM
I know Spearfish was mentioned, but I don't think it was highlighted enough.

The Canyon is a nice scenic drive between some of the peaks and the Spearfish area (which is a very nice little town).

Bear Butte is very cool if you are interested in significant Native American historical sites. It's also near Sturgis if you plan on visiting that place before the rally.

You may have to do some driving, but the NPS has a unit that preserves and interprets the Nuclear missle silos that are scattered across the Plains. http://www.nps.gov/mimi/

My in-laws have a rental cabin on Harney Peak. If you are interested, PM me.

mlyonsd
07-14-2009, 01:39 PM
I know Spearfish was mentioned, but I don't think it was highlighted enough.

The Canyon is a nice scenic drive between some of the peaks and the Spearfish area (which is a very nice little town).

Bear Butte is very cool if you are interested in significant Native American historical sites. It's also near Sturgis if you plan on visiting that place before the rally.

You may have to do some driving, but the NPS has a unit that preserves and interprets the Nuclear missle silos that are scattered across the Plains. http://www.nps.gov/mimi/

My in-laws have a rental cabin on Harney Peak. If you are interested, PM me.

There's a pretty nice resort called Spearfisch Canyon Resort. I've never stayed there but my relatives have. They liked it. Awesome views.

If you do make the Spearfish drive on the south end is a place called Cheyenne Crossing. Great food, nice dining experience.

JOhn
07-14-2009, 02:09 PM
never been to yellowstone but i've always heard it sucks... long, boring, and expensive...

:shake:

Only if you're the kind of tourist who wants o see nature from your car. It's long because it's HUGE!!

Been here 15 years and havn't seen 25% of it yet. And the roads are nothing like you've been hearing. They have been redoing them for the past few years.

JOhn
07-14-2009, 02:10 PM
Go to Yellowstone instead. You can stop at Mt. Rushmore on the way if you really have to see it. Yellowstone is possibly the coolest place on this great planet of ours.

If I had to choose between going back to Hawaii or going back to Yellowstone I would honestly have a tough time choosing. And when you factor in how cheap Yellowstone is, that is saying a lot.

THIS

Sofa King
07-14-2009, 02:16 PM
:shake:

Only if you're the kind of tourist who wants o see nature from your car. It's long because it's HUGE!!

Been here 15 years and havn't seen 25% of it yet. And the roads are nothing like you've been hearing. They have been redoing them for the past few years.

hiking or something of the sort is the only way i would want to travel through yellowstone...

but like i said, i've never been there, ive only heard...

JOhn
07-14-2009, 02:19 PM
hiking or something of the sort is the only way i would want to travel through yellowstone...

but like i said, i've never been there, ive only heard...

:thumb:

Yes I'm biased as I live at the east entrance. But even as great as YNP is, there is so much more to do here also. The Bear tooth Mts are AWESOME, the drive from Cooke City to Red lodge is SPECTACULAR.

Shoshoni National Forrest is really cool also. I doubt I'll ever run out of new places to camp, fish, hunt or hike, even if I were to go everyday.

Frazod
07-14-2009, 02:19 PM
:shake:

Only if you're the kind of tourist who wants o see nature from your car. It's long because it's HUGE!!

Been here 15 years and havn't seen 25% of it yet. And the roads are nothing like you've been hearing. They have been redoing them for the past few years.

I think he probably means the drive to get there. It's pretty remote for those of us who don't live in Cody. :p

MOhillbilly
07-14-2009, 02:21 PM
Rushmore is a jip. The blackhills is one big lame tourist trap. Yellowstone is much more interesting imo.

Edit- pow-wow, if youve seen one youve seen em all.

JOhn
07-14-2009, 02:23 PM
I think he probably means the drive to get there. It's pretty remote for those of us who don't live in Cody. :p

Actually even those roads are good now. Granted from Casper to here is all 2 lane, but the roads are a lot better than anything you'll find in the midwest :D

And we do have an Airport :p

Frazod
07-14-2009, 02:25 PM
Actually even those roads are good now. Granted from Casper to here is all 2 lane, but the roads are a lot better than anything you'll find in the midwest :D

And we do have an Airport :p

Not one I want to fly into. Connecting flights to small regional airports suck ass. I'd rather drive. I can get to the Black Hills in one hard day of driving. Yellowstone is two hard days of driving.

JOhn
07-14-2009, 02:28 PM
Not one I want to fly into. Connecting flights to small regional airports suck ass. I'd rather drive. I can get to the Black Hills in one hard day of driving. Yellowstone is two hard days of driving.

:spock:

Jet service into Cody now. Why the dislike of regional s? Hell it's a heck of a lot nicer flight and smoother landing as any major airport.

MOhillbilly
07-14-2009, 02:28 PM
Connecting flights to small regional airports suck ass.

the downtown kc airport was a hoot compared to the greyhound terminal.

Sofa King
07-14-2009, 02:29 PM
Rushmore is a jip. The blackhills is one big lame tourist trap. Yellowstone is much more interesting imo.

Edit- pow-wow, if youve seen one youve seen em all.

sounds like you need to get away from the cities when you're out there... do some things on your own.... snowmobiling through the hills is awesome, do some cave exploring, etc....

i'd like to do some 4 wheeling out there sometime....

Frazod
07-14-2009, 02:32 PM
:spock:

Jet service into Cody now. Why the dislike of regional s? Hell it's a heck of a lot nicer flight and smoother landing as any major airport.

Primarily I hate flying in general. Not the flying part - I love being up in the air - but the airport bullshit part. There won't be a direct flight from Chicago to Cody - I'd have to fly into Denver and then fly to Cody. That's just one more opportunity for my luggage to get lost/destroyed, one more chance for a flight to get cancelled/delayed/missed, and since I'm neither rich nor a frequent flier, I know all I'll get from the airline is a giant FUCK YOU if anything goes wrong.

I go on vacations to avoid this kind of shit, not embrace it.

So I fly Chevrolet.

Dark Horse
07-14-2009, 06:15 PM
:thumb:

Yes I'm biased as I live at the east entrance. But even as great as YNP is, there is so much more to do here also. The Bear tooth Mts are AWESOME, the drive from Cooke City to Red lodge is SPECTACULAR.

Shoshoni National Forrest is really cool also. I doubt I'll ever run out of new places to camp, fish, hunt or hike, even if I were to go everyday.

Any trout fishing tips? My wife and I are traveling to ynp next month and I'm planning on doing a lot of fishing.

JOhn
07-14-2009, 07:48 PM
Any trout fishing tips? My wife and I are traveling to ynp next month and I'm planning on doing a lot of fishing.

Yup, North Fork anglers is the best outfitting place for fishing.
You coming through Cody?

Dark Horse
07-14-2009, 08:04 PM
Yup, North Fork anglers is the best outfitting place for fishing.
You coming through Cody?
Thanks I'll check out their web site
Yeh were staying in Cody the first night then at absaroka mt lodge after that

JOhn
07-14-2009, 08:21 PM
Thanks I'll check out their web site
Yeh were staying in Cody the first night then at absaroka mt lodge after that

were at in Cody? I work at one of the Hotel resorts here

Dark Horse
07-14-2009, 08:47 PM
were at in Cody? I work at one of the Hotel resorts here

Were staying at the budget host inn, foolishly I didn't get our cabin reserved for the night we will be arriving

alanm
07-14-2009, 09:39 PM
This. IF you could get a room you'd pay through the nose.Any room within 50 miles of Sturgis would be rented out by bikers that week. I would not consider taking my vacation to the Black Hills the first week of August. :shake:

JOhn
07-14-2009, 10:36 PM
Were staying at the budget host inn, foolishly I didn't get our cabin reserved for the night we will be arriving

Well Check this out, we have cabins if that's what your wanting
http://www.blairhotels.com/bbv/index.html
This is part of our property, and pretty sure they have open ones....just a thought.

Buehler445
07-24-2009, 09:24 AM
Headed up there today. As expected, everything we're planning to see came from your recommendations. Thanks!!! :thumb:

Frazod
07-24-2009, 09:29 AM
Headed up there today. As expected, everything we're planning to see came from your recommendations. Thanks!!! :thumb:

Wish I was headed to the Black Hills today. :sulk:

Have a good trip.

Monty
07-24-2009, 11:01 AM
Headed up there today. As expected, everything we're planning to see came from your recommendations. Thanks!!! :thumb:

I was just there 2 weeks ago and am already wanting to go back. Have a great time! :toast:

Sofa King
07-24-2009, 11:15 AM
Headed up there today. As expected, everything we're planning to see came from your recommendations. Thanks!!! :thumb:

have a great time!

Bwana
07-24-2009, 11:58 AM
Have a good time dude!

Buehler445
07-24-2009, 02:30 PM
The wheat beer in the firehouse joint in Rapid is gooooood :D
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Monty
07-24-2009, 02:33 PM
The wheat beer in the firehouse joint in Rapid is gooooood :D
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Heh, I told you!! :D

Glad you likey. :thumb:

Skip Towne
07-24-2009, 02:55 PM
Well Check this out, we have cabins if that's what your wanting
http://www.blairhotels.com/bbv/index.html
This is part of our property, and pretty sure they have open ones....just a thought.

How much are your cabins/rooms?

Chieftain58
07-24-2009, 03:37 PM
Went there going home from Sturgis and the fog was so thick we didn't get to see it! friggin sucked

Baconeater
07-24-2009, 04:26 PM
Are you going to Cosmos? I'm interested to hear your take on the place.

Chief Henry
07-24-2009, 05:00 PM
If your heading up I-29, stop in Le Mars, Iowa at the Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream Museum. Its on old HWY 75 north and Le Mars is not far off of I-29 heading north to SD.
They show you how they make bomb pops :)

The museum is kind of cool. i don't know if it will blow you away, but if your heading in that direction, take an hour or two and check it out.

Buehler445
07-24-2009, 06:36 PM
Are you going to Cosmos? I'm interested to hear your take on the place.

Eh. Maybe. The wife and I aren't too high on it, but I may stop for the sake of science.

This country is freaking beautiful. We went to Sylvan lake. We were going to go on Needles Highway, but it was raining. We're going to the night show tonight and take the train ride in the morning, then probably do needles highway.

Oh yeah. And we stopped at Cabela's in Rapid. [/shameless plug]

This place is amazing. I wish I could spend 3 friggin weeks here.
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JOhn
07-24-2009, 06:57 PM
How much are your cabins/rooms?

They range from $79 a night to $129 a night. Of course if you let me know a head of time I can get you a Friends & Family rate with is any were from 20% to 50% off, depending on the time of year.

Buehler445
07-27-2009, 11:12 PM
Figured I'd give you guys an update in case any of you are interested (not that you would be, but just in case) or are planning a trip up there.

Overview
Had a great time. BEAUTIFUL area. Much greener and more vegitated than I imagined. It is pretty much straight north of here and it appears they get a LOT more rain that we do. Either way, it is a great spot to visit. Everybody should make it up there at some point. There were some bikers there, but not overwhelming. In fact, they were more courteous drivers than some of the jackasses in cars. We tried to take in the big stuff, but avoid the gimmiky tourist junk. Mostly in an attempt to get the most value for the money.

Mt Rushmore
I thought the faces were bigger than 60 feet each. That doesn't, though, underscore the massive accomplishment and meaning associated with the faces. Pretty moving. I went in the evening and saw the lighting ceremony. I thought it was very good and certainly appreciated the tribute paid to soldiers. Some fuggers got up and left during the flag folding/military portion. Poor taste.

Excellent site. Must see (of course)

Crazy Horse
Didn't go in, but saw it from the road. Seemed a bit overpriced. Also seemed weird that a carving of an indian chief will be significantly larger than the 4 faces of the most infuential presidents in the country's history. That's neither here nor there, so whatever. Maybe it is worth seeing, but we chose not to.

Custer State Park
Good drive. Beautiful. Worth driving through. Stopped for a little bit at Sylvan lake, but didn't stay long. Just enough to climb on the rocks and take pictures.

Needles highway
Some neat as shit on this drive. The traffic was manageable at the stops. we got off and hiked some of one of the trails. It had good views and was a nice break from the drive.

Wildlife loop
Again, good drive, beautiful scenery. Stopped like 30 minutes because some jackasses saw buffalo and couldn't help but stop for 5 minutes each car. FFS take a picture and move on. Regardless, good excursion. Saw buffalo, antelope, donkeys (fed one, even though you're not supposed to. It's pretty obvious everyone else does too because once they figured out you had no food, they wouldn't have anything to do with you). And some stupid fucking prairie dogs. I hate prairie dogs. Fuck prairie dogs.

Spearfish Canyon
Damn good drive. It's amazing how much different the hills are just a few miles apart. The falls are very good sites. It's amazing. FWIW there was an unbelievably hot chick in a bikini riding a bike (bicycle) that I met a few times. Unfortunately for the wife, the oaf she was riding with wasn't as good of scenery for her.

Bear Country USA
Meh. It's a zoo. The animals in there were supposed to be in their "natural habitat" Yeah. OK. It's a big zoo. The big animals were complacent and dumb. It was a zoo. It was a big zoo, but a zoo none the less. That being said, the baby bears were CUTE and worth seeing. But don't expect anything other than a zoo.

1880 Railroad
Took the train. It was supposed to be a steam engine, but the wheel broke, so it was a diesel. The scenery wasn't that good, and the information wasn't that interesting, and you couldn't see the faces from anywhere on the train (not even at the depot in Keystone). It was cool for a train ride (my first), but not worth the cash. May have been if it were a steam train. But it wasn't.

Hill City
Stayed at the Lantern Inn in Hill City. Definitely recommend staying there. Quaint little place and the owners are very nice and accommodating. I did eat at the Bumpin Buffalo. I got a decent steak and wife got a prime rib +1 beer for $30.

Deadwood
I couldn't get into Deadwood. I had to park in paid parking. I would have waited a couple hours for a tour, and I just couldn't get into the atmosphere. Did visit the Adams museum, it was pretty cool. I visited the Midnight Star. I tried to get into Jacks, but it wasn't open yet. I don't know what the deal was, I just wasn't interested at the time.

Rapid City
Wasn't there much. Visited the new Cabela's and ate at the firehouse. Wheat beer and food was good. I tried to avoid the gimmiky tourist junk up there.

George Mikelson trail
This was neat. It was a railroad that was abandoned. They pulled up the tracks and made it a walking trail. It has some really nice scenery. We only walked a few miles of it, but it was a nice easy walk. I need to get up there with a bike. Worth committing some time to.

Overall a great trip. Again, I appreciate all your inputs. :thumb:

Frazod
07-27-2009, 11:19 PM
Glad you had a good time. I'm going back out there next year come hell or high water.

Baconeater
07-27-2009, 11:26 PM
Oh yeah, the bikers were some of the coolest people up there. We did the ol' "steal the neighbor's lawn gnome and take it on vacation with you" trick, and at one point we asked a group of them that were hanging out by a lake to pose for a picture with it. I thought they were going to think we were insane, but they were all for it. Then we ended up running into the same bunch on the Needles highway, and they asked for the gnome, and took of bunch of pictures of it with them and their motorcycles. It was strange, they were almost obsessed with it. Then to top it all off, it turned out they were staying in the SAME DAMN HOTEL as us in Deadwood and asked for the damn thing again. We were beginning to wonder if we were going to make it back to Omaha with it.

And someday I'm going to get back up there with my mountain bike and ride the Mickelson trail, that looks very cool.

Buehler445
07-27-2009, 11:35 PM
Oh yeah, the bikers were some of the coolest people up there. We did the ol' "steal the neighbor's lawn gnome and take it on vacation with you" trick, and at one point we asked a group of them that were hanging out by a lake to pose for a picture with it. I thought they were going to think we were insane, but they were all for it. Then we ended up running into the same bunch on the Needles highway, and they asked for the gnome, and took of bunch of pictures of it with them and their motorcycles. It was strange, they were almost obsessed with it. Then to top it all off, it turned out they were staying in the SAME DAMN HOTEL as us in Deadwood and asked for the damn thing again. We were beginning to wonder if we were going to make it back to Omaha with it.

And someday I'm going to get back up there with my mountain bike and ride the Mickelson trail, that looks very cool.

Heh. I didn't even know people HAD lawn gnomes anymore. Maybe NE is full of crazies :D.

I'm sure part of the Mickelson trail blows as it just goes along part of the road as railroads do, but the part around Hill City was cool.

Buehler445
07-27-2009, 11:37 PM
Glad you had a good time. I'm going back out there next year come hell or high water.

Do it up dude. Hope you have a good time. Like I said, I strongly recommend the Lantern Inn in Hill City. Hill City is pretty centrally located and those people were crazy nice.

Frazod
07-27-2009, 11:41 PM
Do it up dude. Hope you have a good time. Like I said, I strongly recommend the Lantern Inn in Hill City. Hill City is pretty centrally located and those people were crazy nice.

Hill City's nice, but I always stay at Sylvan Lake. That's my spot.

kregger
07-27-2009, 11:58 PM
Great thread. We're heading to CO in a week and I'm wanting to run through WY and SD on the way back. I've always wanted to visit the Badlands and go through Custer SP. Thanks for all the tips fellas.
Nice to hear you had a great trip, Buehler445. I am itching to leave now.

Baconeater
07-28-2009, 12:16 AM
We're heading to CO in a week... I am itching to leave now.
What a coincidence, so am I, this week is going to drag on FOREVER.

kregger
07-28-2009, 12:20 AM
What a coincidence, so am I, this week is going to drag on FOREVER.

Rainman's thread about his week in state really got me going. If I didn't have this project at work to finish, I'd be really daydreaming.

joesomebody
07-28-2009, 07:56 AM
I'll have to check out the black hills sometime. My dad and brother went up there several years ago and had a great time. They liked Yellowstone better though :)

Bwana
07-28-2009, 08:04 AM
Oh yeah, the bikers were some of the coolest people up there. We did the ol' "steal the neighbor's lawn gnome and take it on vacation with you" trick, and at one point we asked a group of them that were hanging out by a lake to pose for a picture with it. I thought they were going to think we were insane, but they were all for it. Then we ended up running into the same bunch on the Needles highway, and they asked for the gnome, and took of bunch of pictures of it with them and their motorcycles. It was strange, they were almost obsessed with it. Then to top it all off, it turned out they were staying in the SAME DAMN HOTEL as us in Deadwood and asked for the damn thing again. We were beginning to wonder if we were going to make it back to Omaha with it.

And someday I'm going to get back up there with my mountain bike and ride the Mickelson trail, that looks very cool.

ROFL

JOhn
07-28-2009, 08:05 AM
I'll have to check out the black hills sometime. My dad and brother went up there several years ago and had a great time. They liked Yellowstone better though :)


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Buehler445
07-28-2009, 08:06 AM
Great thread. We're heading to CO in a week and I'm wanting to run through WY and SD on the way back. I've always wanted to visit the Badlands and go through Custer SP. Thanks for all the tips fellas.
Nice to hear you had a great trip, Buehler445. I am itching to leave now.

After going through Custer SP, make sure you drive up and go through Spearfish Canyon. And see Rushmore of course.