South Dakota

We flew into Rapid City, rented a car, and drove to Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt Rushmore/Keystone. Keystone, SD is 30 minutes from Rapid City, 15 minutes from Mt. Rushmore, and about 1.25 hours from Badlands National Park.

Day 1
Crazy Horse Memorial
Sylvan Lake Lodge for lunch
Hill City for shopping and visits to the Prairie Berry Winery and Miner Brewing Company

Day 2
Mt. Rushmore Presidential Trail
Wall Drug (just outside the park) for lunch
Badlands National Park
Firehouse Brewing Company in Rapid City for dinner

Day 3
Custer State Park, Wildlife Viewing Loop Road
Custer for lunch (we brought snacks, but downtown Custer has plenty of lunch options)
Jewel Cave Scenic Tour

Day 4
Mammoth Site ofHot Springs
Wooley’s Grill and Cellar for lunch (next to Mammoth Site)
Mickelson Trail hike
Mt. Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

Day 5
Adams Museum & House and Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood (you could combine Deadwood with a visit to Lead)
We ended our last day in Keystone with dinner at the Powderhouse Restaurant and cocktails at the Red Garter Saloon.