The Black Hills Great 8 and Yellowstone this year
Day One: Traveling west on I-90 make your first stop Badlands National Park, 244,000 acres of eerie topography and a photographer’s dream. Don’t miss the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, located at three sites along a fifteen mile stretch of Interstate 90 between the Badlands exit 131 and Wall, South Dakota. Visit the world-famous Wall Drug. Overnight in Wall. Great Maps
Day Two: Travel on to Rapid City and take Hwy 79 south to Hot Springs and visit the Mammoth Site and Evans Plunge, a natural, warm water, spring-fed pool.Travel north to Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park. Drive the wild life loop and see a herd of 1200 free roaming buffalo. Move on to Custer City and visit Crazy Horse Memorial where a fifth granite face has emerged in the Black Hills.Overnight in Custer or Hill City. Places to Stay
Day Three: Just west of Custer on Hwy 16, you’ll tour Jewel Cave National Monument, the second longest cave in the world, named for the jewel-like crystals that line its passages. Book your Jewel Cave tour in advance. Head to Mt Rushmore either thru Hill City or back through Custer State Park’s Iron Mountain Road. A morning visit to Mt Rushmnore is the best time to take photos. Plan time for breakfast, shop, walk the presidential trail and visit the museums. In Hill City, enjoy wineries, shops or a ride on the 1880 Train. In Keystone, you’ll enjoy shops, museums and two adventure parks. Evening entertainment can include a chuck wagon supper and show, dinner at Mount Rushmore followed by the Lighting Ceremony or an evening meal in Keystone, Hill City or Rapid City. Rapid City’s choices of attractions include Bear Country, Founding Fathers, Reptile Gardens, Gold Jewelry manufacturing, Cosmos, the Journey Museum and the shops and events at Main Street Square. Check out our lodging options
Day Four: Head west on I-90 and experience legendary Sturgis and onto Historic Deadwood via Hwy 14A. Here, visitors can walk the streets made famous by Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. In the summer time, shoot-outs on main street and the Trial of Jack McCall are visitor favorites. Other attractions include a gold mine tour, city tours of Deadwood and Lead, museums and Boot Hill, the final resting place for Wild Bill and Calamity Jane. Deadwood also features Las Vegas style gaming, so try your luck. Overnight in Deadwood, Lead or Spearfish. Lodging Options
Day Five: Depart Deadwood for Lead and onto Spearfish Canyon National Scenic By-way and experience waterfalls, hiking trails and great places to eat.Travel onto Spearfish where you’ll enjoy the D.C Booth Fish Hatchery, museums, shops and restaurants.Travel west to Wyoming on I-90 and detour to Devils Tower National Monument at Sundance. Drive thought the Big Horn Mountains either via Buffalo or Sheridan to Cody, Wyoming where in the summertime, you can take in the nightly rodeo. Overnight in Cody.
Day Six: Depart early for Yellowstone National Park.Tour Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon, Upper Falls, Artists Point and the hundreds of hot pots, hot springs and geysers including Old Faithful. Overnight in Yellowstone or West Yellowstone.Take time to walk the vast trail systems and visit the Old Faithful Museum at Old Faithful Inn. Have your camera ready for grizzly bear sightings!
Day Seven:Travel south to Teton National Park or return home via Crook City, Bear Tooth Pass and Red Lodge, Mt.