Day Three was entirely dedicated to Devils Tower National Monument, our country's first national monument. My dad and I went on a similar road trip when I was a kid and I was absolutely fascinated by Devils Tower. I still am. But this time I had the opportunity to hike its many trails and see it at first light, midday and into the dark of night.
The trail system is wonderful - the Tower Trail that circles the monument the closest is completely paved and an easy mile hike. The Red Beds Trail goes out a bit farther (3-4 miles) on the property and it really gives you more perspective of the tower and lets you see more of the wildlife than just what's in the parking lot. I highly suggest both hikes.
At night - there is zero light pollution. The moon hadn't even crested the horizon and everything was pitch black for as far as the eye could see. And with no extra light - the naked eye can see thousands of stars and the complete span of the Milky Way. Before we grabbed camera equipment out of the car, we just stood in awe gazing at the night's sky. It was incredible and I hope that sentiment shows through in the photographs. But you really should go see it for yourselves! Day Three: