Perfect location in St. Louis - right across the highway from HUGE Forest Park --- the best park for strolling/walking/run/bike, etc for hours!! Plus the zoo and museums (free!)
Thanks to roadtrippers for finding this MUST see drop by -- any history or military buff will love this WWI monument and museum. Incredible views from the tower and the museum is updated and educational! The workers there are wonderful volunteers. Plan at least 2 hours to still see it all quickly. More time to take your time. Highly recommend!
The accommodations, breakfast, welcome, and free shuttle (within 5 miles - major places like Old Market, the Zoo, etc) was PERFECT. I even stayed an extra night! Highly recommend just using their free shuttle bus to spend the day around town. ZOO!!! Old Market for shopping and eating (gotta hit Wheatfields from 7-4, awesome brunch and bake goods, but they close at 4)
Breath taking... I entered from Wall at the Pinnacle Entrance and it was jaw dropping driving out of the Grasslands into the Badlands!! The 22 miles drive just on the scenic byway is all you need. I hit the Ben R. Visitor Center at the end of the 3 hours-ish drive which was still good. Picturesque!
Americana History for sure, also just pure entertainment and a little silly but you gotta stop!! You could spend hours there shopping, playing, eating, or just simple take in the quick experience as a rest stop before going to the Badlands or back to Rapid City.
wonderful surprise to add to my roadtrip --- I wouldn't have known without roadtrippers and doing a stop over in Rapid City! very beautiful and neat history about the Norway Chapel. You do drive through a little subdivision type area before you come up to the entrance. Follow the signs or navigate via Roadtrippers.
very nice hotel and great location for downtown historic access too... 27 miles to Mt rushmore and 38 to Crazy Horse... still easy drive on one road to get there. recommend going to the great parks within 10miles of the area/lakes. Also Chapel in the Hills is nearby that was a neat surprise to visit.
Americana History! A must see for sure. Pay to park once and good for the rest of the year. Not necessary to stay till the lighting at 9pm if you have little ones. They show the movie about the making of the mountain (which is GREAT but I think it's the same movie you can view in the museum area). the lighting is not Disney...just a big white light shining on the mountain that is turned on and then the place closes down.
Highly recommend driving on 14A from Cody Wy to Gillette, than Devils tower. The views are breathtaking from the climbing terrain! ** Nearest Gas station is 10 miles north of Devils tower in the tiny town of Hulette. At least there's gas....otherwise the next place for gas is about 30 miles! Devils tower is great for viewing from all sides once the park. Longhorn cattle and bison were just hanging around the entrance area.
Modern, clean updated new Holiday Inn at the end of Cody. Convenient to the town of quaint Cody. No free breakfast though