Day 12, Denver, CO

After our lunch at K’s, we continued our drive with intentions of going to Rocky Mountain National Park. Not long after leaving Buena Vista, the snow started to fall and continued to do so the closer we got to Rocky Mountain. We had to make a decision, as our flight was leaving the next day and the last thing we wanted was to be stuck on the mountain because our car couldn’t handle the icey roads. We chose to go ahead and head into Denver and spend the night in a hotel.

We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express East in Denver and it looks and feels like a brand new hotel. They price matched a quote we found online, we have a AAA membership, and then we signed up for an IHG membership so the rate of the room went from $167 +tax to $99+tax which we were happy about! We were also happy to be able to wash all the sand off us from our morning adventure!

After getting cleaned up, we headed into the Northfield Stapleton area for some food. We ate at HuHot Mongolian Grill, which is essentially an all-you-can-eat, create-your-own stir fry. They have tons of protein and veggie options, buffet style, that you put into a bowl, top it off with your selection of sauce, then hand it to the chef and watch him cook it up for you, hibachi style. It was fun, casual, and a nice change of food selection from our sandwiches and hotdogs! After dinner, we walked a few shops down to Funnels, a gourmet funnel cake shop. Need I say more? (We chose the cinnamon roll funnel cake to share!)

The next morning, we had our alarm set to be up at 5 am to make it to the Boulder Flatirons to watch the sunrise. We made it just in time, and although we were both exhausted, the view was well worth it. The sunrise was stunningly beautiful! You can drive to the top, it takes about 15 minutes to do so.

Later in the morning, we met one of Matthew’s friends for breakfast at the Denver Biscuit Company. It was delicious! Matthew got French Toast which was made out of biscuits and I opted for eggs, bacon, and a biscuit. They have all kinds of biscuit options for breakfast and lunch. Later in the day, the restaurant turns into Fat Sully’s pizza, and at night it becomes Atomic Cowboy bar. Definitely a neat place worth checking out!

We checked out of our hotel, cleaned out our van and got all of our luggage organized and headed to drop off our rental car before heading to the airport. We traveled 5,126 glorious miles, across 8 beautiful states, adventured through 7 national parks, 1 state park, and 1 national monument, to make for 12 magical days. We have no regrets, and so many memories!

Now, we want to visit all the national parks…so stay tuned!

As always, thanks for reading and traveling along with us.

Happy Trails,

Matthew and Katie

Day 10 and 11, Basalt, CO and The Great Sand Dunes National Park

After our breakfast on Monday, we stopped through Basalt to walk around the downtown area and we got coffee at Two Rivers Cafe. This is a really cute mountain town with a friendly feel. We took the opportunity to make sandwiches and snack bags for the road and got back in the car around 1:30 to head to the Great Sand Dunes.

The views were back to those of snowy mountains and bright blue skies. There are a few places you could stop for gas or food, such as Buena Vista or Leadville, but after Buena Vista you are looking at about an hour and a half drive of open fields and not much else…so be sure to make a stop if you need to!

From afar, we weren’t quite sure what to think of the dunes, but when we got closer, we were amazed at just how tall they stood. We could see little dots we identified as people who were out exploring the dunes and it really put things in perspective.

When we got into Great Sand Dunes National Park, it was close to 6 PM so we decided to get a campsite and then head out for a hike, with plans to check out the dunes in the morning. We found a spot on Loop 2 at PiΓ±on Flats Campground within the park (Loop 1 was also open). We were surprised how many people were there, although it still wasn’t crowded by any means. There were 3 bathroom facilities, all with flush toilets. Camping for the night was $20 and there is a picnic table and fire pit with grate at each site.

We headed to Zapata Falls, just a few miles outside the park. It’s very easy to find as there are signs to guide you…I think from the park entrance it’s 3 miles down the road. Any review of Zapata Falls will tell you that the road to get there is terrible, and it’s true, as it’s composed of rocks and potholes. It’s about 3 miles one way but our van made it just fine! It took us 12 (we clocked it!) minutes to get up the road. From the trailhead, the falls are about half a mile. We went in mid-April around 7 PM. It was nice and cool out and it took us 15 minutes to walk there. The path is mostly rocks/gravel and we did have to walk through water but it didn’t come up as far as the laces on our boots. We also had to walk on some frozen areas which were a little slick.

The falls were partially frozen which was really neat! I enjoyed this hike, it was short and sweet, and I bet in the summer it’s even better. Just know you will definitely be walking through water and know the road is bad…if you can accept those two things you’ll be fine!

The next morning we woke up and headed to the Oasis General Store to rent a sand sleigh. The store is open 9-5 and you have to return your rental by 4 PM but it’s really the only place to rent a board unless you want to go to the next town. Boards are $20 and we got there right when they opened so there wasn’t a line.

We walked out into the dunes in just our socks, which was mostly fine…we did encounter some gravel but even walking through that was okay. The walk to the dunes was about half a mile from the parking lot. It was cool and very windy but we wanted to give it a try! I’ll be really honest…we spent about an hour going up and down the dunes. The wind was blowing the sand like crazy and going up the dunes is quite a work out! You have to wax and buff the board between each use, and the Oasis will provide the wax for you. Even with the wind and sand, it was still fun to experience the dunes. We had sand all over us but tried to clean up the best we could and then headed to check out the visitors center.

On our way out of town we stopped at K’s Dairy Delite in Buena Vista, CO for burgers and shakes. It was one of the best burgers we have had on this trip (trust me, there’s been a lot of burgers) and the prices were great. They also had super friendly staff and a “Dot Your Spot” map where you could put a sticker on their map showing where you were from!

Tomorrow is the last day of our trip and I am glad for everyone who has traveled along with us! Check back later for another update!

Days at the Great Sand Dunes: April 23-24

Sand Dunes Weather: Low 39 High 61

Day 9, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, Colorado

We woke up Sunday morning feeling refreshed as we had decided to sleep in and take our time heading into Colorado. We left Moab a little before 10 AM and stopped in Grand Junction, CO for lunch at Chili’s. We got back on the road and a little over an hour later arrived in Glenwood Springs. We called the Carbondale/Crystal River KOA and they were accepting walk-ins, so we headed there to get our reservation made.

I loved this site! From the river flowing right next to our campsite, to the friendly staff, to the nice, clean facilities (showers, restrooms), it was a perfect, quiet spot and I am quite certain we were the only people there besides the campsite host. The tent sites have a picnic table and fire pit with grate. There are some other premium tent sites (pictured above) with a picnic table, table and chairs, and two additional chairs next to the fire pit. Our site was $30 which was great, especially considering the amenities and scenery.

After we got our reservation squared away, we headed back into Glenwood Springs to Hanging Lake for a hike. Matthew and I had both read about this hike and it’s considered a “must do” hike in Colorado…I would have to agree! We read a lot of different information regarding the hike but let me break it down for you:

  • It’s free as of 4/22/18 when we did the hike, but we did read a sign on the way up stating in the near future they will be limiting how many people can do the trail per day, you will have to obtain a permit, and the permit will most likely cost money.
  • It’s difficult. The sign at the trailhead says so and it’s not a lie. The elevation gain is a little over 1,000 feet and there are only a few flat areas throughout the hike. One post I read compared the hike to a stair master made of rocks…I would agree!
  • The hike is 2.4 miles round trip…from the start of the trailhead. The walk from the parking lot is about another half mile, so total it’s almost 3 miles.
  • Bring all the water. We went around 4:30 pm in the middle of April with temps in the high 50s, and we still drank about 64 oz of water.
  • If you have any fear of heights, be prepared. The first mile isn’t bad because you are “tucked in”, but the last stretch at the top is a stairway of rocks. There are railings though! I don’t do so well with heights and I was ok. You can do it!
  • It’s worth it! The Lake is stunning!
  • The way down is much much easier πŸ™‚
  • There’s no cell phone service so let someone know where you’re going if you’ll tackling this hike solo, but there are plenty of people on the trail

We truly did love this hike (more-so once it was over). Several times we asked each other “do you want to keep going?”…and we pushed each other to make it to the top. We are glad we did! The hike took us about 2.5 hours to complete.

After our hike, we headed to Glendwood Hot Springs for a swim. I loved it, especially after the last few days of hiking. The natural spring water is filtered into pools, the hottest pool being 104 degrees. There is a second cooler pool, which to me was equivalent to a heated swimming pool. We spent about an hour here and I would recommend it. If you were here during the day, there’s water slides and a grill you could get food from. It was really relaxing in the evening! Entry is $17/person, and towels and lockers are available to rent. There’s showers there as well for when you’re done with your swim.

After our swim we headed back to camp, made a fire, hot dogs, and s’mores, got cleaned up and went to bed.

Monday morning we stopped for breakfast at Sweet Coloradough in Glenwood Springs and we got breakfast sandwiches and donuts to go. The food was delicious! I would definitely recommend this stop.

I loved our time in Glenwood and I think we will be coming back to visit again!

  • Days in Glenwood: April 22-23
  • Glenwood temps: Low 38 High 69

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Day 8, Moab, UT

We arrived in Moab around 9 PM and camped at Lone Mesa Campground. Matthew’s sister, Leigh-Anne, is an adventure pro and knows the area well. She camped with us and we awoke with the sunrise on Saturday morning. Our campground was overlooking a canyon and was the truest form of camping we had done, as it was just us and the land (aka no facilities).

Matthew and I headed to Canyonlands National Park for a scenic drive which was beautiful. We ate bagels in the car, then dropped off our laundry at a local laundromat that offered a fluff and fold service so we could get our laundry taken care of while we were out exploring.

Canyonlands National Park: $25 (covered by national parks pass)

Laundromat: Moab Wash and Fold 1401 S. Spanish Mill Drive, Moab, $1.35/lb

After our drive through Canyonlands, we headed to Arches National Park where we met up with Leigh-Anne at the Delicate Arch trailhead. Delicate Arch is listed as a difficult trail due to a steep climb, no shade, and, in my opinion, some narrow areas around the cliffs which about sent me into a panic attack. HOWEVER, it was an amazing experience and the view at the end is incredible. It’s about 3 miles round trip and took Matthew and I a little under 2 hours to complete (this includes spending about 20ish minutes sitting at the top where the Arch is). We also were in Moab on free parks day so the trail was very crowded (the whole park was).

Arches National Park: $25 (covered under national parks pass)

We had wanted to go to another shorter trail after Delicate but we couldn’t find parking at the other trailheads in Arches. We stopped for lunch at Eddie McStiff’s and then went to Mill Creek Trail.

Mill Creek Trail is about 1.5 miles round trip hike that leads to a pretty waterfall with a small swimming hole. The beginning of the hike was a little tough for me climbing over/across large rocks next to the river. Some may say you have to “scale” the rocks. Matthew kept saying “think like a monkey, move like a monkey”. I was nervous but it felt good once I was done! The only other tricky area is crossing the river three times. Which really wasn’t too big of a deal, a lot of people took their shoes off but our boots are waterproof so we just went right across (some more slowly than others). I could definitely see swimming here on a warm day!

Mill Creek Trail: FREE! πŸ™‚

*conveniently, only half a mile from the laundromat!

After our hike, we went to the City Market to restock on a few grocery items and then headed in for the night. We were exhausted but it was a great day full of adventures in the warm sunshine!

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Moab weather: Low 46 High 77

Day 7, The β€œGrand” Canyon

We left Vegas nice and early because we knew we had a big day ahead of us with plans to stop at The Grand Canyon, Four Corners National Monument, and Mesa Verde National Park…about 9 hours of driving total. After breakfast at The Coffee Cup, we got gas and headed out around 7:45 AM.

From my reading and research, I knew there were a few routes we could take to the Grand Canyon, but we decided to take the most direct route so we could get there quickly.

Unfortunately, when we got to the South Rim, it was SNOWING. We couldn’t see anything but a few feet in front of us. We were so sad! But what could we do? It was just noon and we didn’t want to wait on the weather so we kept moving. Throughout our drive, we did see a few lookout points that allowed more visibility.

We continued driving…through hours of Native American reservation area. We saw very little but miles and miles of red rock, a few gas stations, and over the course of 3 hours, a few fast food restaurants. We got to Kayenta, Arizona around 4 PM and stopped at a Burger King as we hadn’t eaten since breakfast. We finally had cell phone service and were only an hour from Four Corners.

It was at this point we realized Four Corners closed at 4:45 and we wouldn’t make it in time. We had planned our camp stop in Mesa Verde knowing it wasn’t far from Four Corners, so at this point we changed our whole plan and headed to Moab, UT a night early to meet up with Matthew’s sister (hey LA!).

We got to Moab around 9 PM and went to bed after almost 14 hours of driving. It wasn’t the greatest day of the trip by any means, but we had lots of laughs along the way and made the best of it!

Day 6, Las Vegas

We made a quick stop in Las Vegas after our time in Bryce Canyon. We were on the road by 7 AM which put us in Las Vegas around 11 AM. I call this stop our “splurge stop”, Matthew calls it our “comfort stop”…either way, I have been looking forward to it!

I had read about an art exhibit that is about 10 miles (30 minutes with traffic) outside of Las Vegas called the Seven Magic Mountains. This was assembled in 2015 and is only supposed to be displayed for 3 years. The rock displays are 30-35 feet tall and it was a neat pull off spot.

We had reserved a room at the Bellagio and parked in their parking garage. We were able to check in at noon and had a beautiful room overlooking the fountain and the strip. Neither of us had much of an interest in doing anything except relaxing in the room until dinner, and that is exactly what we did!

We had dinner at the Bellagio buffet and then went to the 7 PM showing of the Cirque du Soleil “O” show which was absolutely incredible.

After our show, we watched the fountain from outside and got gelato from Cafe Gelato inside the Bellagio. We both were exhausted and headed to bed!

Friday morning, we stopped at The Coffee Cup for breakfast which is another Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives find. The Coffee Cup is in Boulder City, NV and was on our way out of town. It was great food, great portions, and great prices in an eclectic cafe setting. We didn’t have to wait for a table as we were there at 7 AM and the service was friendly.

We definitely enjoyed our (almost) 24 hours in Las Vegas but we are excited to get back on the road!

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Day 5, Bryce Canyon

We left our site bright and early on Wednesday morning knowing we had a lot of driving ahead of us. Again, the Jackson Hole sleepover was not planned so our days are a little off, but that’s just fine! We left around 6:45 AM, I drove while Matthew relaxed in the back, with our plan to stop in Salt Lake City and then switch spots for the remainder of the drive.

We stopped in Blackfoot, ID at the Idaho Potato Museum solely to take a picture with this giant potato because…when in Idaho! It was right on the route, just a few miles off the exit, and gave us a chance to stretch our legs. We also stopped at a gas station for coffee and a bathroom break, then got back on the road.

We made a quick stop in Salt Lake City, UT. Originally, we had planned to spend a day here and stay the night but decided to pass through and keep going to Bryce Canyon. We knew about the cute sign from Matthew’s sister who lives in SLC and it is by the Gateway Mall near the parking garage escalators if you’re ever looking for it 😊

Matthew also used to live in SLC and knew he wanted to stop by a soda shop for a drink and a treat. We stopped at Thirst Drinks for sodas and cookies. It was delightful, the staff are friendly, and they give out complimentary popcorn. What could be better? Matthew got the Smooth Classic and a scotcharoo cookie and I got the Kick Back Rickey and a sugar cookie. Delicious!

Bryce Canyon was stunning. We took so many pictures, it’s hard to choose which ones to include. We arrived to Bryce around 5 PM and went to the North Campground on Loop A. There were plenty of sites open but we went ahead and registered, put on our hiking boots, and headed to the Navajo Loop Trail.

We headed down the Navajo Loop as we had read this was an “easy” trail and only 1.3 miles. When we got to the bottom, you could go right to continue on the Navajo Loop or left to go towards the Queens Garden trail…however the rest of the Navajo Loop was closed! Instead of turning around and heading back up, we opted to keep going on the Queens Garden trail which was another 1.6 miles.

The trail was amazing and it brings you into the amphitheater which offers incredible views. Also, I don’t think the switchbacks are as intense heading back up as they would have been if we would have turned around on the Navajo Loop trail. I read the same on another site that the switch backs are more gradual going from Sunset to Sunrise point, which is what we did. It was definitely manageable for us, and this is not something we are used to in any way.

The trail took us about 2 and a half hours, including the half mile from Sunrise to Sunset point where our car was. The sense of accomplishment at the end was awesome.

We headed back to camp and we were finally able to make a fire! We cooked hot dogs and made s’mores, got cleaned up and headed to bed. The North campground was close to the trail, had flush toilets, but no showers. I read there are showers at the general store but they closed at 8…we just missed them!

  • Days at Bryce: April 18-19
  • Bryce entry fee: $30 (covered by national parks pass)
  • Campground cost: $20
  • Temperature Low 26 High 45

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Day 4, Jackson Hole and The Grand Tetons

We woke up Tuesday morning to a campground dusted with snow. It was such a beautiful sight and the snow continued on and off throughout the day. The drive to Jackson Hole was roughly 5 and a half hours due to the road closures in Yellowstone, but we made the best of it! We stopped a few times along the way for coffee, snacks, and gas. Bozeman, MT is the biggest town we went through and you could definitely find a place to eat or a hotel if you needed!

We stopped in Driggs, ID at a grocery store called Broulim’s to get more items for sandwiches and such. Driggs is a cute, small town and Broulim’s had plenty of supplies, a hot sandwich bar, salad bar, and a few other hot food options if you wanted to grab lunch or dinner.

With our stops, we arrived in Jackson Hole around 2 PM. Our original idea for Jackson Hole was a pass through stop but we ended up staying the night because we wanted to explore Grand Teton National Park.

The views of the Teton Mountains were grand to say the least. Even with the snowy sky, the mountains were so impressive and many times throughout the park we stopped to take in the views. It was snowing most of the time which I feel only added to the experience. We saw waterfowl (Canadian Geese and Trumpeter Swans), prairie dogs, bison, and elk.

We also pulled off to check out some of the historic spots along the way, and the National Elk Refuge!

Unfortunately, all of the campgrounds at The Grand Tetons were closed, so we headed back into Jackson. We had done some research on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives prior to the trip and Jackson had several options. We opted for Pica’s Mexican Taqueria. This was a good option as it was a counter-order restaurant that we were fine to go after a day of being in the car and outdoors. Here we both had chicken tacos, black beans and rice, chips and guacamole and pineapple sodas. It was really yummy!

After dinner, we went to our campground in Wilson, WY which was only 5 miles from the restaurant. Fireside Resort was the name of the park, which was friendly to RVs and also had cabins available. We had made a reservation earlier in the day and the owner left our map and campsite information out for us, which we appreciated!

This was a great experience and we looked up potentially coming back and staying in these homey cabins in the future. On the site, there are heated shower rooms (men’s, women’s and family), flush toilets, and a large laundry room. We took advantage of the laundry room and (obviously) the showers. Each camp site has a picnic table and fire pit with grate, although we didn’t use either because they were covered with snow 😊

  • Days in Jackson Hole: April 17-18
  • Grand Teton National Park Entrance: $30 (you can get a Yellowstone and Grand Teton pass for $50 and it’s good for 7 days)
  • Fireside Resort cost: $67
  • Temperature low 12 degrees high 29 degrees

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Days 2 and 3, Montana and Yellowstone

We finished Day 2 driving from Spearfish Canyon and stopping in Billings, Montana. This was a planned stop because we knew we didn’t want to make the drive from South Dakota to Yellowstone in one day. We stayed at The Northern Hotel which was a very cute “Montana themed” hotel. The rates were reasonable and the room was very comfortable! We also made another WalMart trip while in Billings to pick up a few more blankets for our next camp out. Monday morning, we had breakfast in the hotel restaurant, Bernie’s Diner. The food was great and it was nice to have a solid meal before getting on the road. They even had a “vacation breakfast” consisting of a chocolate milkshake and a piece of chocolate cake, but we decided to skip that πŸ˜‰

We left Billings around 7 AM and headed to Yellowstone. The views during the drive were of the beautiful mountains. There is very little between Billings and the North entrance to Yellowstone (at Gardiner, MT) but we did stop for gas in Livingston, MT and there were some fast food stops if you needed to eat. We got to Yellowstone around 10 AM, stopped at The Flying Pig camping store in Gardiner for bear spray (😳) and headed in!

Our parks pass covered the entrance fee and we set up camp at Mammoth Campground. Research before the trip taught us that this would be the only campground open (and that the north entrance would be the only entrance open) because there’s still quite a bit of snow in the park and most of the roads aren’t open for driving.

The campsite was great with flush toilets, a picnic table and fire pit with grate at each site. Since we arrived early in the day, there were plenty of spots to choose from. Camping for the night was $20

We headed to the Albright Visitor Center, Fort Yellowstone, and the small shop within the visitor center before venturing further into the park. The park ranger in the Visitor Center suggested a few hikes and we ended up at Mammoth Hot Springs for our first stop.

At Mammoth Hot Springs, there are three separate board walks (lower, middle, and upper) for viewing this area. It was incredible and I don’t think the pictures do it justice! The walk up to the highest point was killer for us Floridians but well worth it!

We then had planned on checking out some of the other short hikes that had been recommended to us, but the trails were actually heavily covered with snow, so we opted to drive to the Northeast Entrance which ended up being a 48 mile stretch of road from the start of Mammoth and takes you through Lamar Valley. We saw tons of wildlife and took advantage of the many pull offs to take pictures and simply take in the views. We saw buffalo, elk, bears, a coyote, and deer!

Once we reached the Northeast Entrance, we turned around and pulled off 10 miles later at Pebble Creek Campground, which was closed, but provided a good spot for us to stop, make sandwiches, take a break and relax for a bit. We did wait until later in the day (around 5:30 pm) to head back through Lamar Valley because we had read that early in the morning and in the evening are when the animals are most active. This is when we saw the coyote and the bear! I would allow plenty of time to drive through Lamar Valley because there is tons to take in, and you may have to stop and wait for the buffalo to cross the road!

We got back to camp around 7 PM and it started snowing! It was a perfect end to our day. We got cleaned up and headed in to the van for our second night of “vamping”. Tomorrow we head to Jackson Hole!

  • Yellowstone Entrance Fee: $30 (unless you get the National Parks Pass!)
  • Dates visited: April 16-17
  • Temperature: Low 19 High 31

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Day 1, South Dakota

Our first 36 hours have been jam packed in the best way possible. We left Orlando at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning and landed in Denver at 9:30 AM. The time change worked to our benefit as the day was still young when we arrived. We got our rental car, made a WalMart run for supplies, got lunch and headed to South Dakota. The snow covered mountains in Denver were breath taking and I am looking forward to returning at the end of our trip. The mountains quickly changed to rolling plains and plateaus as we entered Wyoming and we were one of the few cars on the road. There are few places to stop for gas or bathroom breaks so I would recommend Cheyenne or Torrington, Wyoming. We saw plenty of cows, deer, horses, antelope and even a mountain lion during our drive.

We arrived in South Dakota around 7:30 pm just in time for sunset. The views were absolutely amazing. We stopped at Custer State Park in the midst of the Black Hills National Forrest. The roads were fine for driving with the exception of a few icy patches, but the grounds were mostly covered with snow. It was truly a beautiful sight. Aside from the campsite host we met, we saw very few people.

We set up camp in the van, made sandwiches, and got some rest after our day of traveling. (If you’re wondering, van camping went much better than I anticipated!)

Sunday we were up early and on the Wildlife Loop Trail by 7 AM. This is an 18 mile driving loop that allowed us to see buffalo, prairie dogs, and more deer. It’s not recommended to approach the animals but they are literally next to your car. It was awesome! We also started the drive on Needles Scenic Highway but we had to turn around due to the snow.

Don’t miss the view of Mt. Rushmore coming through the tunnel on Iron Mountain Road!

HOWEVER! Let’s talk about Iron Mountain Road, which was lovely and offered incredible views and tunnels, just as Needles Hwy does. This is the road we ended up on heading to Mt. Rushmore and was a great way to leave Custer State Park.

  • Custer State Park entry fee: $20
  • Campground fee with electric hook up: $26
  • Dates visited: April 14-15
  • Temperature: Low 19 High 35 degrees

After Custer State Park, we headed to Mt. Rushmore, you know, that place we all learn about in history class growing up but tend to forget about as adults? It was stunning! The Presidential Trail was closed due to the weather but I don’t think it impacted our visit. We also had ice cream made from Thomas Jefferson’s recipe! It was delicious.

  • Mt. Rushmore Entrance Fee: $10

We stopped at the Sugar Shack for lunch which I had read about in my research for burgers and fries. I highly recommend this stop for tasty food with more than reasonable prices. It’s a tiny mom and pop diner on the side of the road outside of Deadwood, SD and kind of pops up in the middle of nowhere. We also needed ice and the owner gave us a bag from his supply. Very kind and welcoming place!

Our last stop in South Dakota was Spearfish Canyon. This is about an hour and a half from Mt. Rushmore. Here we did a little hiking and found a waterfall. The snow made the hike interesting but I think Spearfish is definitely worth stopping off at!

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