We will be in the Black Hills area in August with our grandkids for 6 days/nights before flying back east from the Rapid City airport. We plan to do the Badlands first, and then spend 4 days seeing Mt. Rushmore, Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake, Custer Park, Crazy Horse, Mammoth fossil site, and one of the caves during this time. We also will do a couple of the tourist things with the kids; i.e., Bear country, Reptile garden, Big thunder gold mine.
We'd prefer to minimize the hotels and stay in the same hotel for those last 4 nights, and we are thinking of Custer or Keystone. The concern is that if we stay in Custer or Keystone, would it be difficult to get to the airport in time to check in for our 11:30AM flight?
Does anyone know the travel time required from Custer or Keystone to the airport -- this would be on a Friday morning in August, if that makes a difference.
Also, with our planned sight seeing, does Keystone or Custer make more sense.