My family (me, husband and 3 kids - twin 11 year old girls and a 5 year old boy) will be going to this area in July. We are driving from Chicago and planning on spending 2 nights in the Badlands (hopefully, haven't booked it yet), Then, we have 5 nights to stay in Black Hills/ Mt. Rushmore before heading home. I have narrowed it down to these: The Powder House (seems to be my favorite; kids would love the loft suite or family suite), K Bar S Lodge (looks nice and the free breakfast) , Roosevelt Lodge (large suites) Holiday Inn Express in Hill City (gets great reviews). Or we can split it up and spend a couple nights at Blue Bell Lodge and then head back to Hill City or Keystone for the rest. Blue Bell only has a couple nights available during our stay, but those nights would work out well. Just not sure we really need to split up our time between the two hotels.
We would like to do the main touristy things but we do like to hike (easy - moderate intensity) as we proved from last year's Yellowstone trip. So I did think we would want to be close to Custer State Park, but then again there are other areas in hike/walk as well. the Michelson Trail looks very interesting to me so maybe close to that?
Help please!!.Edited: 12 January 2011, 17:34