Hello Everyone. Just wondering if you can help with my itinerary. Let me know if my times are off or if I have too much or too little in one day. We are planning our trip for early June. Husband, myself and our 10-year-old twins. We will be coming from NE Iowa. I have been to the Black Hills twice, but not since I was a kid. Hubby and kids have never been.
Leave late afternoon (hubby works)
Drive to Sioux Falls
Drive to Mitchell - short stop at the Corn Palace
Drive to Badlands - drive the loop, lots of photo ops, a few short hikes.
Drive to Rapid City - check in at hotel and supper, if a pool is available, kids can swim.
Bear Country - 2.5 hrs.
Reptile Gardens - 4 hrs. incl. lunch
Cosmos Mystery Area - 1.5 hrs.??
Alpine Slide if time.
Mt. Rushmore - 3 hrs. ??
To Hill City - 1880 Train (1:15-3:30) roundtrip
Drive to Crazy Horse - 1-2 hrs.
Mt. Rushmore lighting
Back to Hotel in Keystone/Hill City
Depart Keystone/Hill City
Travel Hwy. 385 to Lead, then Spearfish Canyon (14A)
Stops at waterfalls and photo ops
Drive to Devil's Tower - spend 1-2 hrs.??
Return to Rapid City via Vanocker Canyon and Nemo Rd.
Stop at Thunderhead Falls if time
Hotel in Rapid City
Depart for home
Thanks in advance for any advice you might have!