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    I know it isn't Disney, but I'm pretty excited about my trip to South Dakota coming up later this year. For those who live out there or have been there, let me know your thoughts.

    Friday, 8/27
    Fly into Rapid City
    Staying at the Alex Johnson Hotel

    Sat, 8/28
    We're making a little detour into WY
    Vore Buffalo Jump
    Devil's Tower
    Devil's Tower trading
    Aladdin General Store
    We'll spend the night in Deadwood at the Historic Bullock Hotel and plan to have dinner at Diamond Lil's.

    Sun, 8/29
    We will visit Mt Moriah Cemetery and check out some of the history about Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane.
    Lunch in Sturgis - Considering Loud American Roadhouse
    We plan to stop at
    Chapel in the Hills, Cosmos Mystery Area and the Crazy Horse Memorial on our way to Blue Bell Lodge in Custer State Park

    Mon, 8/30
    Relax and enjoy nature in Custer State Park.
    A hayride and cookout is planned for this evening.

    Tues, 8/31
    Sunrise Buffalo Safari
    Wind Cave
    Mammoth Site and Museum

    Wed, 9/1
    Mt. Rushmore in the morning
    Big Thunder Gold Mine in the afternoon (Yes, just because of the name)
    Transfer to the Bavarian Inn

    Thurs, 9/2
    Jewel Cave
    Black Hills

    Fri, 9/3
    Relaxation day at the Bavarian Inn
    Ft Hays Old West Dinner

    Sat, 9/4
    Badlands
    Stay at Ann's Motel in Wall, SD
    Visit Wall Drug

    Sun, 9/5
    Black Hills Gold Factory Tour (hopefully they will have opened this up by then)
    Buy some black hills gold Christmas presents
    Fly back home.
    I'll meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

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    Don't miss the Needles Highway in Custer State Park, also try to do the top section of the Joyner trail at Devil's Tower at least. If you get to Mount Rushmore early they don't charge for parking. The memorial is free, but you pay for parking. Arriving early will also miss the crowds. If time becomes a problem, you can see Crazy Horse from the road and save time and money.
    Dave aka: Altair
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    You have a wonderful jam packed trip coming up. Are you going to go to the Stave Church in Rapid City? There is a beautiful view of the valley there. I really loved the history of Deadwood. It was one of my favorite places during our trip out west. One thing I will recommend is...plan to drink plenty of water. We drank probably 64 ounces or more daily! That time of year is hot but the air is dry so you don't realize you are getting dehydrated until you feel it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    Don't miss the Needles Highway in Custer State Park, also try to do the top section of the Joyner trail at Devil's Tower at least. If you get to Mount Rushmore early they don't charge for parking. The memorial is free, but you pay for parking. Arriving early will also miss the crowds. If time becomes a problem, you can see Crazy Horse from the road and save time and money.
    I was planning on hitting Mt Rushmore early for good lighting for pictures, but saving money is a great bonus!
    I'll meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleen3162 View Post
    You have a wonderful jam packed trip coming up. Are you going to go to the Stave Church in Rapid City? There is a beautiful view of the valley there. I really loved the history of Deadwood. It was one of my favorite places during our trip out west. One thing I will recommend is...plan to drink plenty of water. We drank probably 64 ounces or more daily! That time of year is hot but the air is dry so you don't realize you are getting dehydrated until you feel it.
    Is the Stave Church in Rapid City the same as the Chapel in the Hills church? I love taking pictures of old churches, so I don't want to miss one.
    Thanks for the tip on the water. I drink a lot of water here at home, but I tend to forget those things while on vacation.
    I'll meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

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    Yes it is. I keep forgetting it actually has a name, LOL. It is beautiful.

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    Look for the hidden Mickeys on Mt. Moriah's front gate.
    Dave aka: Altair
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    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    Look for the hidden Mickeys on Mt. Moriah's front gate.
    Is there really a hidden mickey there?
    I'll meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cinderelley View Post
    Is there really a hidden mickey there?
    There's two.
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    Have fun! We loved Custer State Park and especially Blue Bell Lodge. Wall Drug was a last minute addition that we're so glad we did. I wonder if their coffee is still 5 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simba's Mom View Post
    Have fun! We loved Custer State Park and especially Blue Bell Lodge. Wall Drug was a last minute addition that we're so glad we did. I wonder if their coffee is still 5 cents.
    I will try to remember to look. I don't drink coffee though, so I don't make any promises.
    I'll meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cinderelley View Post
    I will try to remember to look. I don't drink coffee though, so I don't make any promises.
    They also have free ice water and bumper sticker.
    Dave aka: Altair
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    My time off is officially approved at work. I'm even more excited now.
    I'll meet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

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