Monday, January 22, 2018

MN/SD/WY Road Trip

Since I seem to be sharing this with several friends, I might as well post it on my travel blog as well.

I left in some of the other ideas I had that we didn't. I generally have certain ideas of what we will do, but I like to have other options to reference so that I look quickly for something else to do if we need to. Also, I went for economical hotels that provided a free breakfast and has a pool so the kids had something to do at night.


  1. Mount Rushmore
  2. Crazy Horse
  3. Badlands NP
  4. Historic Deadwood
  5. Jewel Cave
  6. Wind Cave
  7. Custer State Park
  8. Missouri River

Day 1 (Night): Sioux Falls, SD (3.25 Hr of driving)

GuestHouse Inn & Suites Sioux Falls
3101 W Russell St, Sioux Falls, SD
Has Indoor Pool & Free Breakfast…...2Q Room

Day 2: Rapid City, SD (5 Hrs driving from Sioux Falls)

Econo Lodge Rapid City (2 nights!)

625 E Disk Dr, Rapid City SD 57701
Has Indoor Pool & Free Breakfast…..2Q Room

Mount Rushmore: (43 min from Custer State Park, on one of their “drives”)

Bear Country
  • 15 min S of RC
  • $17/$11 -- $56 for us! Max: $65/car
  • October 1st through October 31st: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Day 3:

Hotel -- see above

Devil’s Tower  (Wyoming):

Bear Butte SP (Didn't Go here)

Spearfish Canyon
Deadwood - Just Drove Through at NIght

Day 4: Hot Springs, SD (1 hr from Rapid City)

Baymont Inn & Suites Hot Springs

737 S 6th Street, Hot Springs, SD

  • Needles Highway Drive
  • Wildlife Loop Road
  • Poets Table, Little Devils Tower, Harney Peak, Sylvan Lake
  • Geocaching - 8 locations in the park, get from visitor center
  • $16/day or $37/3day fishing license
  • $20 week long SD State Parks Pass
  • Drive through rock cut out tunnels

Mammoth Site (Hot Springs, SD)
  • $11/$7 Admission
  • 9a-5p
Evan’s Plunge (Hot Springs, SD)
  • $14/$10 - 50% off if you go the last 2 hours before closing
  • Most days closes at 8pm, Hrs on the contact page
Wild Mustangs (Didn't Do) (Hot Springs, SD):
  • Tours -  During the month of October tours will leave at 10 AM and 1 PM. 2 hrs $50/$7.50
  • Lodging
  • Will I still see Mustangs if I don't take the tour?
  • Mustangs live in pastures beside the gravel road traveling in to the Visitors Center. So driving in to the sanctuary you will be able to view Mustangs. Mustangs also live next to the Visitors Center. Guests are welcome to view Mustangs there at no charge.

Angostura Recreation Area (Didn't Do) (Hot Springs, SD)
  • Fee included in week long pass

Day 5: (Kadoka, SD - 2 hr 39 min from Hot Springs taking scenic lower route through Badlands)


Wyndham Rewards #: 164067485F

Super 8 - Mitchell (2.5 Hr drive from East Badlands Entrance)
1700 South Burr Mitchell, South Dakota 57301-0867

2Q, Free Breakfast, Pool

Badlands NP:

Day 6: ( 4 hr ride home)

Other options of things to do, but we didn't

Wind Cave:
Tours: Natural Entrance 10 & 1 or Garden of Eden @ 3pm (Oct - early 2018)
$12/$6 cave tour fee, Natural Entrance is ⅔ mile and 1.25 hrs

Jewel Cave (Custer, SD):
$12/$8 cave tour fee
Scenic Tour offered at 10:00 a.m., 12:40 p.m., and 2:40 p.m.

The Journey Museum (Rapid City, SD):
Winter Hours
(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sunday
$10/$7 Admission
Kirby Science Center Discovery Center (Sioux Falls SD):
$14/$7 Admission (FREE admission with SMM pass)
South Dakota Discovery Center (Pierre, SD - a bit out of the way, but not too bad):
$4 admission (FREE with SMM Pass) - not really sure what there is to do, not enuf info on website
Winter Hours (Start Sept 1)
Sunday - Friday
1PM - 5PM
10AM - 5PM

Pipestone NM (Minnesota):
$7pp - National Parks Pass Accepted

Crazy Horse Monument (47 min SW of RC, 15 min from Custer SP)
  • $28/ car (no passes)

  • 9a-6p
  • $11/$8

Cosmos Mystery Area

Children’s Museum of the Black Hills (still building it) ½ off admission with MCM pass
Hotel Ideas we Didn't Do

Monday, July 31, 2017

Crayola Experience

Just a fun little video of one of the things you can do at the Crayola Experience at the Mall of American in Bloomington, MN. Read more about one of our trips to Crayola Experience.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Grand Canyon

Spend a minute at the Grand Canyon today, then plan a trip to spend a day or more there! This is the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We spent a day here on our trip that included a road trip of Death Valley, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Sedona & Phoenix. I will share more thoughts about the Grand Canyon in a later post on Save Green Being Green, but I wanted to give you a taste of it and see the video.