I knew it was going to be a long day and I fueled up at the Hill City Holiday Inn Express with a yogurt, fruit and oatmeal breakfast before hitting the road.
Mount Rushmore National Park for a while before getting back in the car and heading for a short stop in downtown Keystone. It looked like a fun touristy town that I would probably spend more time in some day when I didn’t have such a full schedule.
South Dakota Tourism Board had noted on my schedule that it was someplace I’d probably like to spend some time hiking around and they were right.
It was then time for my drive along Needles Highway. It was something I’m not sure I’d do again.
I think the next time I return to Custer State Park I will be sure that I’m the passenger and not the driver.
TripAdvisor and I was anxious to try it for myself.
I was not alone. I had to wait an hour for a table (the takeout line was even longer). I was glad I did as it was a delicious lunch.
Flintstones Bedrock City. It had been a favorite show in my childhood and I enjoyed looking through this replica of Bedrock.
I was in for another memorable experience at Crazy Horse Memorial. Unlike the other places I had been, Crazy Horse is privately funded. That doesn’t give it any less significance.
In addition to seeing the sculpted mountain – the largest of its kind in the world – the campus provides educational programming about the culture of Native American.
The time I spent here was also not enough to take it all in, but I did learn quite a bit and look forward to returning when more of the carving has been completed.
Wine Cellar Restaurant and owner/chef Pamela Light made us quite a meal, starting with a fantastic Burrata and continuing with risotto and a scrumptious chocolate dessert.
Julie and I walked around downtown Rapid City for a while. It was quite busy as they had live music in the street and at many venues.