I am planning a trip to Badlands, Black Hills, Nashville and Bourbon country in August with longer stops in Chicago and Denver to visit family. I am driving with one other person, but wondering if we are trying to fit in too much, I don't want us to spend the whole time driving to these places. Also thoughts on taking a different route than Kansas (drive through texas, oklahoma and arkansas to get to Nashville?)
This trip is during the Sturgis Moto Rally so prices of rooms anywhere near the black hills are really expensive, trying to save some money around there, but never been to that part of the country and want to take at least some time there.
Is a one night stop enough to take in everything? Worth getting at least another night to see Custer National Park and Wind Caves?
Also any suggestions on routes from Chicago to badlands would be much appreciated.
As of right now the tentative plans are:
7/30: Leave Philadelphia, Night In Pittsburgh
7/31: Michigan City
8/1: Michigan City
8/5: Minneapolis, MN -OR- Omaha, NE
8/6: Pierre, SD
8/7: Badlands in morning, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, back to Mt Rushmore for night ceremony, sleep in Custer, SD
8/8: Denver, CO
8/9: Denver, CO
8/10: Denver, CO
8/11: Denver, CO
8/12: Colorado Springs, CO
8/13: Kansas City, MO
8/14: St Louis
8/15: Nashville, TN
8/16: Nashville, TN
8/17: Lexington, KY
8/18: Lexington, KY