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We will be there at the end of March, beginning of April and I would like to take them gold panning.
-Custer – Custer's Last Pan – Located 3 miles East on Hwy. 16A on the left side of the road. Phone (605)673-4020
-Deadwood – Broken Boot Gold Mine – Located on upper Main Street. Underground tours every 30 minutes. Pan for gold. Open Daily, mid-May to mid-Sept. Phone (605)578-1876
-Hill City – Wades Gold Mill – Go up the hill by the Super 8 Motel on Deerfield Rd. Follow the road 3/4 of a mile and the Gold Mill is on the left. Gold panning lessons, guided tour of mining equipment (605)574-2680
-Keystone – Big Thunder Gold Mine – guides lead you underground where you receive a sample of gold ore. Gold panning by a stream, not in a stream. Phone (605)666-4847
-Lead – Homestake Gold Mine – 4 miles southwest of Lead/Deadwood on Hwy. 85 – Has gold panning and a guided surface tour.
-Lead – Black Hills Mining Museum – Located on Main Street in Lead, has gold panning and a guided simulated underground tour.
I am planning a fly-drive holiday with my mother later this year. We are going to fly to Chicago, and then drive along the Little House trail, heading to South Dakota. We want to have a couple of days in Chicago before setting out on the road – any ideas for things we really must see and do? We are 34 and 64, so we're not into clubbing or shopping. We like art, architecture, history, that sort of thing. Thanks.
You know I have never beeen there, but I want to say that once on Oprah she was suggesting this restauant called Molly's. She featured it on the show. It is supposed to have a nice homey atmophere and have the best meatballs ever, among other delights.
As for the rest of your trip, can I make some suggestions? I was born in South Dakoa and spent a bit of time there visiting growing up. Sioux Falls has a neat little zoo, and be sure to see the "sioux falls" while there. In Mitchell, don't miss the Corn Palace. Chamerlain is such a beautiful town with the way it lies on the Missouri river. Next stop, Pierre, worth the extra drive off the interstate. It is a beautiful capital, also the drive up to the dam and accross is is beautiful. There is a little island in the center of the Missouri there that has wonderful walking trails on it, and you can see deer and wildlife. A little further down the road is the 1880 town just west of Murdo. I am a little partial to this place, because my uncle helped move several of the buildings to this town. 🙂 If you get tired on your way you can stop in Kadoka (on the outside of the Badlands) and stay at the Cucklebur Motel. Tell my Aunt and Uncle I sent you.
After your rest be sure and take the extra time and drive through the badlands. So Beautiful! Be sure and stop in Wall Drug, get some handmade taffy there!
Onward to Rapid and the Black Hills, SO MUCH TO SEE!
Don't miss Mount Rushmore, and Needles Drive and Crazy Horse. Other fun things: Dinsaur Park, Reptile Gardens, Cosmos (A must see) The wax museum, and Flinstone Park. Rapid also has a wonderful public park, and a great Zoo just down the road from the park. There is so much in Rapid, but these are my favorites.
Spearfish and Sturgis are neat towns too, as well as Custer. You've never seen anything unless you've seen the bike rally in Sturgis. You would love to see all those bikes even if your not into bikes.
Sorry I couldn't help you more witht the Chicago question, but South Dakota I know.
HAVE FUN ON YOUR TRIP!
Can everyone give their opinions on must see locations in America.Will have a full four weeks to fit as much as possible in for sight seeing.What is costs like in the country for tourists.Thanking anyone who can help.
In my opinion most of what I would recommend that you try to see is in the western parts of the US in states like California, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico. Most of the major US National Parks and Monuments, plus cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver are all located in that rather large area. The best, and in some cases only, way to see the US is by automobile. The US does have trains but they are nowhere near what countries have in Europe. You can go across the country by train but its by long and circular routes. In other words you cannot go directly to certain cities and to most places you cannot even get there by train.
The good news is we do have great roads getting to all of the places that you may want to see. The bad news is the gasoline prices in the US are now spiking at about $4.00 a gallon. So a fill-up will cost RIGHT NOW about $75.00 or more. Hotels in major cities like LA and San Francisco will cost about $200 a day or more but in many places you would want to see you can get a room at a chain hotel/motel like Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Best Western, Marriott, etc, for near or under $100. A night.
So, where to go and what to see??? Here's a potential trip scenario.
Fly into San San Francisco and get a rental car.
Sightsee San Francisco and drive across the Golden Gate Bridge (there is a parking area for pictures of the bridge)
Visit Muir Woods which is just north of San Francisco and has the giant Redwood trees.
Head east on I-80 and visit the Napa Valley wine country;
Continue east on I-80 or RT-50 and visit Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada.
Continue east on I-80 to Salt Lake City; see the Great Salt Lake and Salt Flats;
Go north on I-15 and then RT-89 to the Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park;
Leave Yellowstone and go north to pick up I-90 and visit the Custer National Monument (called now Little Bighorn Nat Monument) and continue on to Mt Rushmore at Rapid City, South Dakota.
Leave Mt Rushmore via secondary roads and pick up I-25 heading south toward Denver, Colorado;
Tour Denver and then use secondary roads to visit the Royal Gorge and Mesa Verde National Park;
Leave Mesa Verde on secondary roads and head for Bryce Canyon National Park;
Leave Bryce and continue north to I-70 and head east a ways to Arches National Park and Canyonland National Park;
Leave Canyonland and head back to I-70 and head west again to Rt -89 and go south again past Bryce to Zion National PArk;
Drive through Zion and pick up I-15 headed south to Las Vegas, NV;
Leave Las Vegas headed southeast on RT-93, cross Hoover Dam and then continue on south to I-40, head east on I-40 to Williams, Arizona and then north to the Grand Canyon;
Leave the Grand Canyon and head west on I-40 to Barstow, California where you pick up I-15 going west to Los Angeles, California;
Tour LA and maybe San Diego and then head north on RT-99 to Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park;
Continue north on RT-99 and go to Yosemite National Park;
Take a secondary road out of Yosemite to RT-99 and then back to I-80 going west back to San Francisco.
That much tour will take you all of the four weeks. Your biggest expenses will be gasoline and hotels. All of the US National Parks have admissions but you can buy a pass that will allow you to visit as many as you want within a year that is a real bargain, vs the individual admissions.
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