A few weeks ago, my family and our best friend's family did a tag-team road trip to Mount Rushmore. Neither of us had ever been, and the area is a quick 5-6 hour drive from Denver. So we decided to pack as much as we could into a 3-day weekend... but as I started to research the Black Hills area of South Dakota, I realized there were many things we would not be able to fit in! I will describe where we went, and some alternatives/add-ons you may consider if you have more time. I definitely recommend planning at least the driving route fairly well because we lost cell service many times over the weekend - and, as always when driving in the west - be mindful of how full your gas tank is. [caption id="attachment_13118" align="alignnone" width="700"] My teenager. Hanging out with buffalo. As one does.[/caption] We pretty much did a loop, since we were coming in from the south. The map below shows our route, and while this seems like a huge amount of ground to cover, we did Hot Springs to Deadwood in one (long) day.