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Central location to stay???

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Central location to stay???

We will be visiting the area the end of June 2012. We are planning to see Mt Rushmore, Deadwood, Custer State Park, and the attractions in those areas. We are planning to see Badlands on our last day or on our way home to TN. I think we are going to try and stay 8-9 days with a couple of days just to relax.

So my question is...can anyone recommend where to stay that is centrally located ? And just a town is sufficient as we haven't decided on our accomdations yet ( ie - hotel/ motel or camping )

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1. Re: Central location to stay???

Hill City is a quaint town with some good restaurants. Rapid City is a short drive and offers more 'big city' amenities.

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2. Re: Central location to stay???

The most central towns to the major Black Hills sights are Hill City, Keystone, or Custer. I think Hill City or Keystone are a bit more centralized. I like Keystone, and others prefer Hill City. Keystone is more touristy and geared toward families with kids, IMO. They have a small boardwalk lined shopping area with all types of souvenirs, (low end..t-shirts, mood rings, etc). There's also an alpine slide, mini golf, and Big Thunder Gold Mine. Both towns provide access to the 1880 Train. Hill City is more for a mature crowd and has more high end shops like those specializing in Black Hills gold and local crafts. Between the 2, Hill City probably has one of the best dining options in all the hills with the Alpine Inn. Keystone has eateries, but few are of good quality. The gem of Keystone is Big Time Pizza which specialized in a little more casual family dining and has some of the best pizza anywhere, IMO.

If you are interested in Deadwood, you might consider staying a night or 2 in Deadwood, Lead or Spearfish. These towns are the most central to the sights in the northern Black Hills. By staying in one of these towns, you will save yourself driving time if you want to see Devil's Tower, which I highly recommend visiting since you will be staying 8-9 days.

Please let us know if you have additional questions.

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3. Re: Central location to stay???

Thanks for the feedback. Since we will be traveling with kids it looks like Keystone will be the better choice. They love shopping the touristy places and vacation isn't the same without mini golf - LOL!

Thanks again!

Edited: 21 January 2012, 03:44
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You may also want to consider Rapid City as a great base for your vacation. All the major attractions are located within an hour’s drive of Rapid City. From Rapid City it is a 30 minute drive to Mt. Rushmore; 45 minutes to Crazy Horse, Custer State Park (east entrance), and Deadwood; an hour to Mammoth Site, Badlands National Park and Spearfish Canyon. Devils Tower, is approximately one hour, 30 minutes. Rapid City offers a large variety of lodging available and many restaurants, both franchise and locally owned, along with ample attractions, several free, and all the amenities you need to call ‘home.’

From your most recent post, I see you will be traveling with children. Hop on the City View Trolley in Rapid City, touring the city and take in FREE attractions including Dinosaur Park (on Skyline Drive), seven life-size concrete dinosaurs; Storybook Island, a children’s fairy-tale themed park; Stavkirke Chapel, replica of the Borgund Church in Norway; the City of Presidents self-guided walking tour, bronze sculptures of all the U.S. Presidents on the street corners; Main Street Square, the heart of downtown featuring water fountains and events; and other key attractions like the Journey Museum, which tells the 2.5 billion year story of the Black Hills. Additional stops in Rapid City to consider are Reptile Gardens, the largest privately owned collection of reptiles in the world, Bear Country USA, a drive-thru wildlife park featuring black bears and other wildlife, the Black Hills Gold jewelry factories, offering free factory tours watching the jewelry-making process, and much more!

There is also a variety of restaurants in Rapid City to please everyone’s taste, from family restaurants like Millstone or Colonial House to casual dining (children welcome) at Firehouse Brewing Company or Sanford’s Grub & Pub and fine cuisine at Delmonico Grill, The Corn Exchange and more!

Rapid City is a great place to base your tour!

If you want any information regarding your trip, just let me know. Happy planning!

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5. Re: Central location to stay???

At www.custersd.com you will find that Custer is centrally located to all the major attractions in the Black Hills including Jewel Cave (15 min away), Wind Cave (30 min away), Custer State Park (5 min away), Crazy Horse (5 min away), Mt. Rushmore (25 min away), Needles Hwy (10 min away), Mammoth Site (40 min away) and Wild Horse Sanctuary (55 min away). Right in Custer we have Flintstones Theme Park, National Museum of Woodcarving, Grizzly Gulch Mini Golf, The Grand Magic Show and many more!

There are numerous shops, restaurants, hotels/motels, cabins, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, parks, and friendly faces! For outdoor lovers we have several lakes, many hiking and biking trails, rock climbing, golfing, disc golf, swimming, horseback riding, ATV trials, chuck wagon dinners, and hunting and fishing. For more information please visit our website: www.custersd.com and find us on Facebook!

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