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Rapid City, SD to Mammoth Springs Hotel..what route

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Rapid City, SD to Mammoth Springs Hotel..what route

We then will be going to the Mammoth Springs in Yellowstone. We are leaving Chicago on 8/1 stay the night somewhere along the way ?Lacrosse?, then the next day arrive in Rapid City are and stay around there until 8/4 and drive towards yellowstone. Our hotel in Mammoth is on 8/5 so I thought we would drive somewthere a 2 hours away of so and stay the night then leave in the AM on the 5th and explore.

So my question is do we go to Cody and enter the east entrance or though Billings and enter in the north entrance. Not sure which is a better drive.


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If you are not stopping in Cody during your trip then that is a great place to stop. Cody has the BB museums and rodeo. Great places to visit. Cody is a nice western town.

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I-90 via Billings would be fastest but also relatively boring. Does pass the Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument though. Drive from Billings to Livingston is only moderately scenic.

Compromise route might be to Billings and down to Red Lodge for night then over Beartooth Pass to NE entrance in the morning. Then Lamar Valley area to Mammoth. This route is pretty popular.

If the things to see and do in Cody are of interest then that's a great stopping spot. In that case US-16 form Buffalo over Bighorn Mts. is a good option and passes through scenic Ten Sleep Pass. US-16 from Sheridan is about the same through Shell Canyon and has Shelll Falls to stop at. Both head toward Cody. You can maybe even squeeze in a pass by Devils Tower on way from Black Hills area but to Cody that would make a fairly long day.

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We figured out our route. Leave 8/1 stop wherever, then 8/2 arrive in Mt. Rushmore area stay the night 1 or 2 spent 8/3 there. Then on 8/4 travel to Cody spend the rest of the day/night and then leave in the AM to Mammoth via the northeast entrance..since we are going to Mammoth I would rather skip the crowded inside the park roads and go outside and go to that area.

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we just drove from Cody to Rapid City thru the Big Horn mts. Very beautiful and lots of wildlife,not alot of traffic. We got to see a moose just munching on grass in the middle of a field with no other cars around.Really enjoyed the drive.

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Good selection. Last summer we drove in the NE gate from Cody. Beautiful drive both inside the park and outside. Also there is a lot less traffic going to the NE gate.

There are also a couple of pretty waterfalls between Tower and Mammoth that most people do not get around to see - Undine and Wraith (short 5 minute hike).

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6. Re: Rapid City, SD to Mammoth Springs Hotel..what route

mt. rushmore to old faithful in one day driving US 16(us16, I90, us14) as per google

is it possible --- can one reach destination before nightfall if starting around breakfast time?

is it worth the trouble driving for someone with a time restraint?

is there a better route (faster route)?

thanks for your help in advance

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