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Lodging & Location Advice Requested

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Lodging & Location Advice Requested

My husband and I will be in the Black Hills/Badlands area for 4 days/4 nights in June. We're looking for something other than chain hotel/motels. Anything unique, historical, modern cabins, ranches, b&b's, etc. We would also like recommendations on where we should make our "base camp." We enjoy history and taking easy hikes. I look forward to your recommendations.

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We enjoyed staying in Keystone at the K Bar S Lodge. It has a great view of Mt. Rushmore and a hot breakfast each morning. It is centrally located for Custer State Park, Crazy Horse, Wind and Jewel Cave and Mt. Rushmore. It is near the historic train depot too.

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Check out custerresorts.com. These are the resorts of Custer State Park, and they have modern cabins which you might enjoy. We liked the Blue Bell Lodge for dining inside Custer SP.

Based on your description, you will enjoy Mt Rushmore, the Gutzon Borglum Center in Keystone for history of Mt Rushmore's famous sculptor, Crazy Horse (great native American exhibits and interesting history), Devil's Tower (easy 2 mile hike around the base--flat trail), and the Presidential Trail at Rushmore. You might also enjoy Jewel and Wind Caves, which are easily navigable as long as you have no trouble with steps.

Keystone, Hill City and Custer are all fine bases for touring the Black Hills. Have fun planning, and feel free to stop back with more questions.

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I second staying in Custer State Park. We enjoy the basic sleeping cabins at Legion Lake Lodge but there are 3 other resorts in the park too with accomodations that also include housekeeping cabins and hotel rooms. Can't beat the setting.

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If you are headed to Devil's Tower check out Sundance Mountain HideAway B&B. They have great cabins.

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The Bavarian Inn in Custer has very good food. As for a motel, I recommend The Rocket Motel in Custer.

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The hotel rooms at the Bavarian are also pretty good. Clean & basic but set far enough off the road to be really quiet.

Although it's not as good a base for touristing in the hills for historic hotels deadwood and Hot Springs are probably best. Hot Springs' sandstone building are really cool looking. In Deadwood Hicokc's Iron Horse Inn has a very retro/historic feel. The renovation wasd nicely done.

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