I think I have my itinerary for my September trip pretty much laid out, but can’t decide were in South Dakota to stay. We will be travelling up from Estes Park, staying 2 nights in SD and then travelling on to Cody WY via Devils Tower. In SD, we would like to see Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and maybe the Badlands, but not sure if that’s feasible with two and a bit days. I also thought we might like to travel on the 1880 train, but that isn’t a must.
I am torn between staying in Keystone, Hill City or Custer. I thought Keystone would be convenient for seeing Rushmore, but I have read that it is a bit over-touristy and tacky, so I thought Hill City or Custer might be a better option. I am leaning towards Custer at the moment, purely because the scenery around the area looks nice?
Which would you recommend based on the things we want to see? We are a couple in our mid 30’s and aren’t afraid of long, jam packed days!