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Staying in Deadwood to See Mt.Rushmore and The Badlands

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Staying in Deadwood to See Mt.Rushmore and The Badlands

We will be visiting Yellowstone in late May and then on to Cody for one night. We will then be visiting Mt. Rushmore and The Badlands. We would like to stay in Deadwood as we have heard that it is a cute little town. Is it feasible for us to use Deadwood as our base for three nights while touring Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park and The Badlands. We have thought about staying in Keystone but it doesn't seem quite as fun as Deadwood.

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1. Re: Staying in Deadwood to See Mt.Rushmore and The Badlands

If you haven't already done so, please check out the Top Question in the upper right corner of the South Dakota forum (this is the Deadwood forum) entitled, "How do I choose a base . . .?" If you still have questions after reading this, please feel free to ask on here.

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2. Re: Staying in Deadwood to See Mt.Rushmore and The Badlands

The information in the Top Question to which 3174 has referred you is excellent and based on that information, I think you will find that Deadwood is not a good choice for a base to see Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands. Also, while Deadwood is fun for those that enjoy casinos and nightlife, I'm not sure I've ever heard it described as a "cute little town".

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3. Re: Staying in Deadwood to See Mt.Rushmore and The Badlands

I would advise against using Deadwood as a base, as you will be adding unnecessary drive time to seeing the major sights. Deadwood is about an hour from Rushmore, the Needles Hwy, Iron Mt. Rd. and 1.5 hours to the Wildlife Loop. THese times are 1 way, not RT. Keystone, Hill City or even Custer are much more convenient. All three of these towns are quite nice, with Keystone being most touristy but more catered to families. Hill City has a more mature vibe and would appeal more to couples, IMO. The only way I'd consider Deadwood would be if you have to have gambling or nightlife in the evening, The more centrlalized towns are a bit quieter, IMO.

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4. Re: Staying in Deadwood to See Mt.Rushmore and The Badlands

Longhorn and I were posting at the same time. I agree that I, too, have not heard of Deadwood being described as a cute little town. That description is more fitting of Hill City, Keystone or Custer.

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5. Re: Staying in Deadwood to See Mt.Rushmore and The Badlands

We did your trip kind of backwards the last time we visited Deadwood-I would recommend spending one night in Deadwood to check out the town and do some gambling, and then head on to Custer, Hill City, or Keystone to hit the rest of your itinerary. We thought Deadwood was a blast but it really is a haul to most of the Black Hills attractions.

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6. Re: Staying in Deadwood to See Mt.Rushmore and The Badlands

As much love as Keystone gets on the forums, as a SD resident who makes several trips to the Black Hills every year, I cannot recommend it myself. Yes, it is home to Mt Rushmore. Other than that fact, its comprised almost entirely of tourist gift shops, 90% of which sell the exact same things as their neighbors on either side. Dining leaves much to be desired, with only one or two "upscale" establishments. I personally adore Hill City, and also like Custer, but I've just never been impressed in any way with Keystone. Maybe its a personal bias, but I don't see why anyone would headquarter their vacation there when there are so many other....and imo, better....options.

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7. Re: Staying in Deadwood to See Mt.Rushmore and The Badlands

Waste of time here... no response since he posted in Apr...nothing like courtesy....

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