I remember a number of vacations to various places. One benefit of having family scattered all over the country is plenty of choices of where to go on vacation to visit family! I recall several trips to Louisiana, one to Washington D.C. when I was about 11, many to South Dakota to my grandparents' house.
One vacation I remember well was the trip to Mount Rushmore back when I was about 12. We drove from home in Minnesota down to Sioux Falls, SD, where we picked up I-90 and drove across the state to Rapid City. We camped at a campground on the side of a hill. It had an outdoor pool, which was nice, as the weather was hot! It being on the side of the hill overlooking part of Rapid City, the view was nice, especially at night. Although we did stop and see the Corn Palace at Mitchell, SD, I don't remember doing too much other than swimming in that pool and visiting Mount Rushmore once we got to Rapid City. There are tons of tourist traps and things to do in that area of South Dakota, but for some reason, I don't think we did many of them when I visited as a child.
When my kids were about the same age as my brother and I were on that trip, we decided to make the same trip. Being much more recent, I remember more of what we did, of course, and I think we took the opportunity to do more things. First, we stopped and saw the car museum at Murdo, SD. Then we bypassed the Corn Palace at Mitchell, which is vastly over-rated in my opinion, even though we did stop to eat at Mitchell.
|Meadows and mountains at Hill City|
|Mount Rushmore at night ca 2006|
We did of course go to Mount Rushmore, being the prime attraction of the region. We walked the paths under the presidents in 100 degree heat (which we had all week!) and stayed for the evening lighted show. We drove around and saw the Crazy Horse monument, which looked about the same as it did when I was young, but I am informed that there has been some progress on it since I was a kid.
|Pioneer Sod House, South Dakota Badlands|
What vacations did you go on? What vacation did you want to do, but never got the chance?
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