Believe it or not, I found a lot to see in South Dakota and Wyoming. Try and spend a couple of days here if you can. I suggest getting to Mount Rushmore in the morning to catch a different light than in the evening. A kind of right-wing presentation closed the day (actually it was really annoying…), but I was just thrilled to see the monument lit up in the evening as well. (I went twice as your pass is good for the month).
I had some delicious Buffalo Stew in the little cafeteria on site. A word of warning, I almost hit several deer over the course of the few days I was there. One deer was well within the city limits of Cedar Rapids.
If you rent a car, you can explore cities like Custer, Sturgis (known for bike rallies), Deadwood and take a short drive out to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming where you can see the iconic site where Close Encounters of the Third Kind was filmed.
There’s more to do in the surrounding areas than I ever imagined. If you have kids, there are LOTS of extra things to do too. Wild West shows, water parks, snake farms, petting farms, mining for gold, etc.
P.S. I don’t know why this entry says that I said NOT worth the visit, because it’s DEFINITELYWORTHTHEVISIT!!!over 5 years ago