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Another darn trip report 6/15-6/18

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Another darn trip report 6/15-6/18

Know there have been several trip reports this season but ours was mostly a scenic ride trip. Left Colorado around 9am for the very boring ride to Custer. Arrived at Comfort Inn around 3:30pm. Explored Custer and drove to Hill City. Wanted to try a bison burger but wound up eating a Flamethrower burger at Dairy Queen, which was excellent. Went to Crazy Horse at 7pm and was finished by 8:30. Had to wait an hour for the light show so had free coffee in the restaurant. We were wearing light jackets and were freezing at night. Maybe because it was June. More in reply.

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1. Re: Another darn trip report 6/15-6/18

Next morning had very good breakfast in hotel, scrambled eggs, two kinds of waffles, buscuits & gravy, assorted breads, fruit, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, etc. Left for Custer State Park Wildlife loop around 8am. Ranger told us the buffalo were on inner roads 3 & 4 so we saw the great herd. Had to stop our car because the mama & baby buffalos were crossing. They were so up close it was a little scary. Did not see any other wildlife, not even donkeys. On to Iron Mountain Rd., very twisty but very scenic. Saw Mt. Rushmore thru the tunnels. Very thrilling for seeing it first time. Arrived Mt, Rushmore around noon. Took 2-3 hours. Wonderful. Stopped off in Keystone and walked around a bit. Very, very touristy. Now off to Needles Hwy from Sylvan Lake back to Custer. Simply spectacular. Back to hotel at 5pm, fell asleep and went to eat at Pizza Hut around 7pm. Just okay.

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2. Re: Another darn trip report 6/15-6/18

Next morning after same breakfast checked out around 8am and drove to Deadwood, about 1-1/2 hrs. Nice drive. Parked near Mineral Palace Hotel and walked around. Saw a tour for $7.50 pp and would have taken it but had to be back at the meter in less that 1 hr. Deadwood just okay. Then took 14A west around Spearfish Canyon Byway. Lovely ride. Took about 1 hr. Then took Route 90 to Wall, about 1-1/2 hrs. Not too bad a drive. Plenty of billboards to look at. Registered in the Econolodge and off to Badlands around 2pm. What a drive. Most spectacular. Thought I was on Mars. So good we did the drive twice. Looked for places to eat. Wall Drug was too crowded so we did Dairy Queen again. Seems to be one in every town, the black hills McDonalds. Off to bed early for the long drive back to Colorado. Just loved South Dakota.

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3. Re: Another darn trip report 6/15-6/18

Sounds like a nice trip. You got to see a lot of the major sights in a short amount of time. Your information will be helpful for those planning a quick trip.

Glad to hear the Comfort Inn in Custer was nice. If you ever get to return to the area, hopefully you will get to enjoy a bison burger. They are delicious.

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4. Re: Another darn trip report 6/15-6/18

Thanks for posting!! Glad you had a nice trip.

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5. Re: Another darn trip report 6/15-6/18

I enjoyed your comment about the drive from Colorado. "Boring" is an understatement. Thanks for sharing your report.

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