We will be traveling to South Dakota later in July and wanted opinions on our plans. Our group includes 2 seniors (myself and my husband), our son who is a quadriplegic and his children (son, 18 and daughters, 16 & 14). We will be traveling in a wheelchair accessible van and have already made several road trips together. We have also cruised with our son four times so we are aware of some of the trials and tribulations awaiting us. Motel reservations have already been made. My husband and I enjoy history, but the kids aren't too thrilled with it. We all enjoy natural beauty and short hikes are possible if our son has a good waiting spot since it will be hot. This is our present itinerary:
Day 1: Drive from NE OK to Souix City, Iowa.
Day 2: Visit Souix Falls Park, brief stop at Corn Palace and then the Badlands Loop. Is the road to the prairie dog town doable in our van? End up in Wall for the night.
Day 3: Wall to Devil's Tower. How are the walks near the Tower for pushing a wheelchair? From there to Spearfish Canyon Scenic Drive. Are any of the falls accessible by wheelchair? We will make a quick drive through Deadwood and then on to Hill City, our center for three days.
Day 4: Attend church services near Bear Country and Reptile Gardens. Still trying to make up our minds about which one of these or do both? Maybe a drive by Crazy Horse Memorial.
Day 5: Mount Rushmore around 9ish. Is this early enough for good lighting and what about the crowds at this time? How are the walkways for wheelchair pushing? Then on to Jewel Cave where our son and a companion will wait above ground. If we finish around 3:30, it leaves four hours of daylight for Custer State Park. We want to drive Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road and the Wildlife Loop. The van is 8' wide leaving only 4" on at least one tunnel. Can we do it? How is the road surface on the Wildlife Loop?
Days 6 & 7: Travel Home.
Any suggestions to make our travel a little less complicated and more enjoyable would be appreciated?