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Staying one night

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Staying one night

We will be spending one night this June in Hill City on our way to Montana. We need a nice place where we can get our bike inside during the night. We would also appreciate suggestions on dining. From HC we plan to see Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and drive the Needles. Is it best to take the east to west drive or west to east? (Will be doing this on a Thursday.)

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1. Re: Staying one night

Comfort Inn is nice.

Definitely dine at the Alpine Inn.Get there early they will be packed,opens 5pm for dinner.

Good steaks and deserts The BEST,very reasonable $.

The Needles or Iron Mountain rd both spectacular drives but very time consuming.Narrow,twisty and very scenic.I would stop at Devils Tower NM on way to Wyoming.Also Evening lighting ceremony at Mt Rushmore a must...

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In the interest of time, your best route will be to drive the Needles beginning at Sylvan Lake and going east. You'll then take Iron Mountain Road to Mount Rushmore. I'd take the Playhouse Road short-cut road between the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road. You'll miss some of Custer State Park (the Game Lodge area) but it will shorten up your time without missing the best. I'd take that time saved and spend it driving through Spearfish Canyon on your way to Montana. Take 385 north to Deadwood and then take Spearfish Canyon to I-90.

As for a place to stay in Hill City, there are a quite a few places. Everybody has their favorites but for someplace reasonable and fast for one night (and close to the Alpine Inn), the Super 8 is OK. For a Super 8, it isn't too bad inside. Call ahead for your bike, though.

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Alpine Inn is a great place to eat, but as I tell everyone, they only serve filet mignon at dinner. If you are not a steak eater, try it for lunch. As Joeman said, the desserts are fantastic! Joeman is right; it does get very crowded at dinner.

The Holiday Inn Express in Hill City is pretty highly rated on this site, but I'm not sure on the bike policy. As Accomodator said, you can always check. I have not stayed at HIE, but it did look very nice from the outside.

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