Ok - I welcome all advice! I have read so much information, my head is spinning!
The days I've listed on the itinerary are not set in stone and can be modified in any way, with the exception of the Badlands. Please advise. I feel like some of these days are too much, but I'm not familiar with this area and have no idea how long certain drives will take.
For what it is worth, we are staying in Keystone for the bulk of the trip. We are a moderately active family and enjoy hiking and being outdoors. If there is anything I've missed, please suggest!
Day 3 - Drive Needles to Custer SP. Do wildlife loop and Sylvan lake hike. Lunch at Blue Bell Inn. Drive Iron Mtn. Road to Mt. Rushmore. See evening lighting ceremony. Can we see Crazy Horse this day? Too much??? Return to Keystone for the evening.
Day 4 - Drive to Spearfish canyon, do scenic byway and hike Roughlock Falls and/or Spearfish Falls. Lunch at Cheyenne Crossing. Drive to Deadwood - see a shootout, cemetery, saloon no.10, Adams Museum. I've read about the Mt Roosevelt monument...maybe do this? Return to Keystone for the evening.
Day 5 - The kids want to do claim mining, so that will fill our morning. Then, off to Rapid City to do the trolley tour, see presidential statues, storybook park, etc. This may also be the 4th of July, so we would stay for the fireworks and likely stay in Rapid City that night. Another option is to do all of this on a different day, and be in Lead on the 4th, staying in Deadwood that night (so making Day 4 happen on the 4th and this day on the 3rd).
My head is spinning! I have heard we want to show after gold mining, so I'm a little concerned because we will have checked out of our Keystone lodging that morning. But...we can make it to Rapid City and check in somewhere, shower, and then explore the town in the late afternoon if we decide to do it that way...right?!?
Technically, we could add another night, but right now the plan is 1 night outside of the Badlands, 3 nights in Keystone, and 1 night (4th of July) in either Rapid City or Deadwood.
Many thanks in advance for all of your input and all the posts you've all written so far! They have been tremendously helpful!