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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2016
Backcountry camping  (3 Answers)

I live in south dakota and make trips to the boundary waters to get into the wilderness. Lately I've wanted to expand my wilderness experience and find areas in south dakota or around south dakota where I can delve into the wilderness and camp where my pack takes me.

So far all I have found is badlands state park for backcountry camping. Any other areas I can backpack and camp?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2015
Clothing for South Dakota this time of year  (4 Answers)

What kind of clothing do we need to pack for Badlands and Custer for May 16-25th. TOday is a blizzard alert, is this typical for this time of year?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2014
vacation for 3 days  (2 Answers)

we would like to leave on a thurs in aug and go west towards rapid city until labor day. we are on a very limited budget and plan on either staying in a cabin. does anyone have ideas on what to do and plz no there will be 2 adults and 1 15 yr old girl

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2013
Transportation  (3 Answers)

Hi there,
How easy would it be to get transportation from Pierre to Mt Rushmore then to Badlands NP for a night then back to Pierre? I'm guessing hiring a car would be the best option?
Many thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 11, 2013
Best flights from DC to SD  (3 Answers)

I need to go from Washington DC to Todd Co, SD. Should i fly into Pierre or to another site, even though the drive will be longer?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2013
Camping  (2 Answers)

Looking to go to Mt. Rushmore from Iowa. Plan on camping along the way and spending a few days in the part to camp and hike. Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 26, 2012
Wind Cave or Jewel Cave?  (1 Answer)

We'll only have time for one cave, so I'd like to know which one is better in terms of the formations and overall experience. We have two kids (10 & 8),do we'll just do a walking tour, not the extreme spelunking tours.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2012
South Dakota One Week Itinerary  (4 Answers)

Hello All,

I am visiting South Dakota at the end of June and will have one week. We are flying round trip from Rapid City. I am trying to figure out what areas we should stay during our trip to maximize our time.
My wife and I will be traveling with our son who will be 5 months old.

Things I want to see are MT Rushmore & Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, The Corn Palace, Wall Drug, Badlands NP and Deadwood.

I am wondering if I should stay only in the Rapid City area or stay in more than one location?

Are there any suggestions for other things worth visiting? Are there any Native American sites to see asides from Crazy Horse?
Can we get out for a detour to stop in to another state (prob not worth missing other things)

Thanks in advance for your responses and help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2012

I'm planning a trip to SD about mid September flying in to Rapid City from Sydney,Australia/LAX. Routes via Colorado or Utah ny idea which is the best? I will not be driving and relying on tours/bus etc. I've found a 6 day tour taking in the Buffalo Round Up and Badlands NP which sounds great - any ideas on other places to visit when I could use bus trips??? Then I would like to go to ND - best way to get there - what city? Hope someone might advise and help plan - I'm in my 70s and can get around quite well, but won't tackle a car on my own.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2011
Travelng from Lincoln NE to Mount Rushmore and then to Freedman SD by RV  (3 Answers)

We are traveling in an RV from Lincoln to Mount Rushmore. We would like to make a one night stop on the way, any ideas where to overnight? We have two children ages 6 and 10. We want to stay 2-3 nights in the Mount Rushmore area for sight seeing, so more ideas as to where to stay and what to see are needed. We then want to spend one night somewhere between Mount Rushmore and Freeman -more ideas needed. Freeman is located near the Iowa border by Sioux City. Lastly, is there anything interesting to see in Sioux Falls?
Any input would be totally appreciated. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2010
Sioux Falls to Rapid City - what's the best way to travel?  (2 Answers)

I'm traveling w/business to Sioux Falls and have always wanted to visit Mt. Rushmore so am considering a trek to Rapid City and flying back to NC from there... any suggestion on best way to make the trek - rental car or is there a regular tour bus line??

Thanks (0:

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 29, 2010
2 days in black hills?  (3 Answers)

Me and my soon-to-be-new-husband will be roadtripping in late August, and we'll be stopping by the black hills area.

We are not sure if we should spend one or two whole days in black hills (we'll be arriving in late afternoon one day and leaving early morning the day)?

Pretty much the stuff we want to do are:

Mount Rushmore

Custer state park

Some gold mine place (which one?)

Some cave (I'm thinking Jewel Cave)

And do you think the following are worth it?

storybook island

dinosaur park

journey museum

museum of woodcarving

thunderhead falls

reptile gardens

bear country usa


four mile ghost town

crazy horse memorial

We haven't booked our accomodation yet, but probably will be in Custer or Hill City

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 21, 2009
Just the right cabin  (1 Answer)

My family (2 adults, a teen and preteen) will be in SD 8/10-8/20 and we're doing last minute planning. Ideally we'd like to combine camping with cabin stays, but we won't be bringing our camping gear on the plane, so we're looking for just the right cabin or cabins. Unfortunately, we haven't been having much success with Googling for a cabin. We'd really like to be somewhat away from other houses and cabins and noise. (It's not that we're anti-social, it's just that we live in a big city and look forward to peace and quiet on vacation.) So the cabin should be relatively isolated, near water if possible, views would be great, on or adjacent to enough land to walk or bike through, un-modern facility and oh yes, reasonable price. What I keep finding is lodges with a few dozen cabins, or camps with a bunch of cabins, big expensive 4 or 5 bedroom Sturgis rentals, etc, We'd love it if someone could recommend either a particular cabin (best) or at least some means of finding something closer to what we're looking for. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2009
Info on Sioux Falls to Rapid City leg of aour cross-country driving trip  (4 Answers)

We are still planning our frequently delayed cross-country drive. I understand that the trip between Sioux Falls and Rapid City SD is looong and boooring. We are not on a timetable and would like some info about interesting(if any)minor detours along this leg of our trip. We are NOT campers, hikers, fishermen, or the usual outdoors type. Please see our home page, or check my previous posting on this forum for more details about our preferences. We will be taking the northern route first.
Thanks, Irv

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 10, 2009
best way to see (10 days -from Texas) Wyoming &South Dakota  (1 Answer)

We've done Utah-very pretty; actually awesome. Love Colorado. Looking for something different-really want to see Yellowstone-would like to see Mount Rushmore. 17 year-old daughter is stuck in car with parents, but loves to read. Husband used to night shift. Will be driving at night from Texas. What else should we see? How would you do it?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2008
A good base in south dakota  (4 Answers)

hi there,thinking of a holiday in south dakota,and looking for ideas on a good base from where we can travel around and do ,mt rushmore and all the tourist things.we love to do the tourist thing during the days,and then take in some live entertainment in the evenings with good food and have fun.
cheers in advance (will i need a car?). jimmy.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2008
Offer for a ride: Sioux Falls to Mount Rushmore for Independence Day


would anyone of you like to go to Mount Rushmore on July 3rd and July 4th for the Independence Day celebrations?

I will be on a Greyhound trip through the US. Since bus service between Sioux Falls and Rapid City as well as public transportation around Rapid City is very rare, I will rent a car in Sioux Falls on the morning of July 3rd and drive over to Mount Rushmore.

If anyone wants to join me going west on July 3rd and/or going east on July 4th, then please let me know...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2008
Flights from east and California to Rapid City SD  (2 Answers)

We are a family scattered from CA to NY to MD. What suggestions would you have for flights from NYC to Black Hills area? Or from LA to Rapid City? It seems Minneapolis is a good connector for the eastern families. Or is there a better connector location? Some families could fly part way and then rent a car.
Has anyone had experience with this?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2007
UT, WY, SD....10 days?  (6 Answers)

Okay, I know some of you are going to think I am crazy, but my husband and I are planning a trip. We want to visit Utah (Zion, Arches, Bryce Canyon, etc.), Wyoming (Yellowstone and Teton), and South Dakota (Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse). We are flying from VA to either UT or SD. We will drive from one to the other two and then fly back home from where we finish. Is it crazy to try to do this in 10 days? We know that we may miss some things, but is it enough to see the major sights?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2006
mount rushmore national momument Mid winter

Ok thanks for the replies.
Well we are planning to go to Mount Rushmore. When you ask Well we plan on goinngt the week before X-Mas. We are driving from California. I was also thinking of checking out the Grand Canyon. Not to mention we will be bringing two small dogs. I will be driving an 04 Tacoma with a shell. We are going to North dakota anyways so I wanted to through in the extra stops. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank Pete H.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2006
Looking for a host/VT meet in South Dakota


My Danish girlfriend and I are planning a trip to the States in June 2007 and we would love to spend some time with a 'local'. :-)

Our plan is to fly into Chicago then spend around three weeks traveling through Illinois, Iowa, South & North Dakota and Minnesota to see some of what we consider to be the real America.

I am 31, UK/NZ dual national and my girlfriend is 30 and 100% Danish. We are a cool, laid back couple who have traveled quite a bit and love meeting people from all over. We currently live and work in Copenhagen, Denmark.

If any of you good people at VT would be kind enough to offer a sofa/bed/whatever to crash on for a couple of nights we'd really appreciate it! Alternatively if you would like to catch up and swap some travel stories we'd be keen to meet you. Perhaps even arrange a little VT meet?

Drop me an email if interested?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2006
Hotels around Badlands  (3 Answers)

Does anybody know a good, clean, affordable traveler's hotel just outside of the Badlands, like on I-90?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2006
What time does the sun go down?  (4 Answers)

We'll be driving though South Dakota in early May - does anyone know what time is sun-up/sun-down? We're just trying to get an idea of how many hours daylight we'll have.
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2005
Camping and Driving Routes in South Dakota  (2 Answers)

Hello everyone,

My boyfriend and I will be in South Dakota in early August and want to do some camping. We will first be going to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons to do some backcountry camping and other sightseeing and will then head off to South Dakota on our way to St. Paul, Minnesota and beyond. We're really excited about the Badlands/Black Hills region and we're curious about any good campsite recommendations (both backcountry and regular camping).

Also, any recommendations on interesting/scenic routes between the Badlands region and St. Paul?

Thanks everyone!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2005
Interstate 90  (6 Answers)

Are there any interesting or special stops I should plan off of Interstate 90 in South Dakota, I plan on travelling this interstate from Rapid City through Minnesota.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2005
Wind Cave vs. Jewel Cave  (1 Answer)

We have two boys aged 5 and almost 7 - which cave would you suggest and why? Or should be do both?

Thanks in advance for your response!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2005
Falls Park Light Show  (1 Answer)

Anyone know if the laser light show at Falls Park is worth seeing? I'm spending the night there on my way to another destination and should arrive in town in time to see it. However, I'll be pretty tired at that point after driving almost 600 miles, so I'm not sure if I'll want to go if its not that worthwhile.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2005
Sioux Falls to Rapid City

Anything along this route that's a "don't miss" sight?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2005
HIgh Point South Dakota  (1 Answer)

Has anyone done the high point in South Dakota? Tips or suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2005
Tips on visiting the Black Hills in May?  (1 Answer)

We will be visiting the Black Hills area in early May. Any tips or suggestions for seeing the area? Great photo ops? Cheap lodging?

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