Left our substitute hotel - AmericInn in Belle Fourche, SD before 11 this morning headed to Billings, Montana with points of interest in between. The reason for a sub hotel - the only Holiday Inn was sold out and this was the only acceptable one in the area. Turned out to be a very nice privately owned hotel that compared favorably the Hol. Inn The Breakfast was actually better, would definitely stay there again!
Headed to Devils Tower by way of Hwy. 24/34 and stopped at the oldest operating General Store in South Dakota. In Aladdin(Pop. 15) - in business over 100 years! Cool place, been there, got the T shirt.
Headed for a Close Encounter with Devil's Tower National Monument.
Sorry, Jarrod made me do it. Anyway we were both impressed by the beauty, size and uniqueness of this site. A word of caution, if you don't have a park pass it could cost $25 per car to get in the park, probably worth it but you can see it pretty well from outside the entrance for free. Free admittance with the National Parks Pass.
Headed for Billings on I - 90 and noticed we went within 3 miles of the site of the Battle of the Little Big Horn so we had to go. Easy access from the Interstate and again is free with the National Parks Pass and $25 per car without. We enjoyed the small visitor center and of course the actual site of the last stand, but I would probably skip it for $25.
I should note that getting to these sites was half the fun! The scenery in this part of the country is stunning, with each view better than the last. What a Beautiful Country we live in!
Buzzed on down the interstate at a legal 80 mph and got to Billings before dark. Now to bed to rest up for the journey to Glacier Nat. Park,
down the road!
Pic 1- Aladdin General Store
Pic 2- New Owner(as of last week) and clerk who has worked there 30 yrs.
Pic 3- First view of the Tower
Pic 4- Line to enter Park
Pic 5- tower from Visitors center