My husband and I are driving from Chicago area to see Mt. Rushmore end of June beginning of July. Have two boys, 6 and 10 yrs. old. Our priority/main reason to go is to see Mt.Rushmore. Want to see the lighting ceremony and hike the presidential trail. Since planning have found the following sights and activities that would be of interest to my kids-
1880 Train (for train fanatic 6 yr old)
Any other suggestions?
I currently have 2 nights in State Game Lodge booked. Thought they would enjoy staying in a cabin. However, I am reconsidering staying in Custer at Rock Crest Lodge and Cabins, for the entire time...4 nights total, as they have a pool and playground which would be great for the kids to swim and play at the end of or days. Wondering if both locations are close enough to where we will be spending most days sightseeing. I see Keystone is where most attractions are, but was trying to not stay in a typical hotel/motel. How long in real time would it take to get to Mt.Rushmore from both locations? How much time will we spend at each sight? Do I have too little sightseeing and activities planned or not enough?
I would really appreciate any input and suggestions as this is our first driving family trip and first trip to South Dakota. My children have been talking about seeing Mt. Rushmore for years and that is why we are doing so. Thanks!