"We could easily stay here a whole week," Tim said as we drove back after a full day of spectacular outdoor sightseeing. I nodded my head in weary, happy agreement.
Mount Rushmore was positively majestic. We walked along the President's Trail, took photos, and awed at the handiwork of the artist.
Afterward, we took a scenic, uphill route to Custer State Park. The road was a bit terrifying with one-lane tunnels ("sound horn as you enter"), but it was an adrenaline rush. Tim was like a kid in a candy shop. Apparently, we've been doing far too many tourist-y attractions and not enough outdoor adventures.
We winded around the Wildlife Loop in Custer Park, stopping to snap photos of bison (tons of them!) and wild donkeys. A donkey actually passed by my window and I touched it's speckled gray mane.
That night, we sang and swayed along to some fine country music at the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Show. The fiddler was particularly outstanding. The food? Not so much. But the music made up for it, especially the rousing tribute to America's armed forces. I belted out "Proud to Be an American" with glistening eyes. Such a great country we live in.
We also took the girls to Storybook Island, a free park in Rapid City. The entire property is themed with book characters - Snow White, Pinnochio, Jack & Jill, Santa Claus, Dr. Seuss, etc. There's also an on-site Children's Theater ($1/ticket), snack bars, and a miniature train. Great concept.
Have you ever been to Rapid City? What did you like/not like about it?
* Special thanks to the Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing a campground spot and passes to area attractions.