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Budget Host Inn: Badlands Motel

After we left the horrible campground we went to the nearest motel we could find that had a room available, the "Budget Host Inn" about a mile outside of the Bandlands entrance in Interior.
The owners of the motel were very friendly and gave us a room with a nice view of the Bandlands on the second floor. Thankfully it had air conditioning.
The motel had a pet buffalo and a horse and the kids got some "buffulo fur" from the owner.
The food was homecooked, a choice of a very large pot of buffalo stew, burgers , or hot dogs. I had the stew with corn bread. It was very good.
The room was nothing spectacular but for that price and in that location you can't complain.

Great view of the badlands, nice owners, great homecooked food!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written October 13, 2006
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  • Florida999 profile photo Florida999
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Sylvan Lake Campground: Camping in the Black Hills

We had a beautiful campsite with a resident deer and a great view after just a short hike to the top of the hill.

The only problem was that we had to carry everything up a steep hill (not very far) from the parking lot below. But, we did have the nicest and most private campsite.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 14, 2006
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Hotel Alex Johnson: Hotel Alex Johnson

This is a historic hotel, with a great restaurant, in downtown Rapid City. I didn't actually stay there, but it's well worth a visit just to view the lobby.

It was built in 1928 by Alex Carlton Johnson (1861-1938), Vice President of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. He combined German and native styles to create a unique ambiance.

This is the grandest hotel in Rapid City. Room rates depend upon the season, but they're generally quite high.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Food and Dining, Architecture
  • Written October 2, 2005
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The Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City

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SUPER 8 MOTEL - KEYSTONE/MT RUSHMORE AREA: Super 8 was great.

Our stay at the Super 8 in Keystone was great. This Super 8 was conveniently located just two miles from the entrance to Mount Rushmore and just minutes away from 1880 Train, Borglum Museum, Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore Cave, and Wind Cave. While in Keystone be sure to visit all the quaint shops and many restaurants all with in walking distance of the motel. We had a comfortable room and the staff was always willing to make recommendations on what to do and what to see. They also gave us very good directions on how to get around the area. They also had free popcorn in the office at night. If you go in the off season and stay in Keystone, bring your own night time entertainment for everyone.

Clean and comfortable rooms with a value price. I'm into money saving deals. Staff was always helpfull and kind.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Museum Visits, National/State Park
  • Written September 9, 2005

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Foothills Inn: Cheap in Rapid City

This was a great stay for the price. The rooms are spacious and the hospitality staff very helpful and friendly. It is easy to find off of I-90 on the eastern side of Rapid City.

Double queen beds in one room...plenty of hot water! The continental breakfast is sparse but there is a Perkins 50yds away.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Family Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written April 3, 2005
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Cedar Pass Lodge: Badlands lodging

This lodge is just on the eastern entrance to the Badlands National Park. They offer dining, gift shops, cabins in and outside the park as well as a central lodge.

This is a great way to see the Badlands and wake up when the sun hits the ancient spires in the early hours. Just like the homesteaders of old. I have not stayed here but it is a great choice when visiting the area.

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  • Related to: Road Trip, National/State Park, Family Travel
  • Written April 3, 2005
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Badlands National Park-SD


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Mt. Rushmore reservations

I didn't stay at any of these hotels in the Mt. Rushomre area but I wanted to let you know they are out there. Keystone is the main city to stay and is a historic town in itself. They offer: Presidents View Resort (1-800-504-3210), Econo Express (1-888-326-6695), Whitehouse Resort (1-866-996-6835), and various Chalets (1-888-996-6835).
Give them a call and they can set you up with accomodation and restaurant deals accompanying your stay.

Kids stay for free in some places as well as you can rent a Chalet with full kitchen amenities and great views of the Rushmore monument or the scenic pine forests.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: National/State Park, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written April 3, 2005
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Murdo Days Inn - Range Country: A great deal at this Day's Inn, even in season

New, Clean and Friendly

A good stopping point on the road to the Hills. This is the best deal in town and the only one with a hot tub and a indoor pool.

Open Year ' round.

I reserved on the internet and saved big $$.

Decent sized pool and hot tub both open until 10 PM Central Time ( Murdo is just East of the Mountian Time Zone )

They have rolls, toast and fruit for breakfast, not spectacular, but at least it's something.

Quiet setting and small town friendlyness.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, National/State Park, Family Travel
  • Written September 2, 2003

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South Dakota State Parks: top notch State Parks

I woke up at 4 in the morning on an August day. I walked out of my tent to the picnic table and lit a cigarrette. The Milky Way was stretched above me and I didn't realize it was the peak of a meteor shower until I saw the rapid rate of shooting stars. All around me was the sound of a gentle breeze playing music on the prarie grass around me.

I have to say that the State Parks in South Dakota are something the State should be very proud of. They have a range of accommodations from basic tent sites for 6 to 15 dollars and ready-for-you permenent cabins from 32 to 37 dollars (with heat!). You also have to pay a park entrance fee of 3 dollars in addition to your camping fees.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written February 14, 2003
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Cabins

There are lots of cabins available in the black hills region

I recommend getting a cabin rather than just staying at a hotel, because it's just like being at home. You usually get more room with a kitchen, living room and separate bedrooms so its much more relaxed than staying in a cramped motel room.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written September 29, 2002
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Keystone

If you are visiting Mt Rushmore stay the night in Keystone. It is close to the rock and that way you can see Mt Rushmore at night when it is in spotlights.
Keystone has several hotels and motels.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written September 12, 2002
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Can't beat Custer State Park...

Can't beat Custer State Park for camping accommodations - comes complete with buffalo grazing right beside you, and fishing from stream at your campsite! see the Custer State Park webpage http://www.state.sd.us/sdparks/custer/custersp.htm

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written September 12, 2002
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Cedar Pass Campground: camping at Badlands

Badlands is has only two camping options. Cedar Pass Campground is the least primitive of the two but do not expect a lush camping oasis. I camped here in 1994 but arrived quite late in the evening so basically set up my tent, watched a meteor shower from the inside of my tent and fell asleep to the stars. I packed up pretty early the next day and was off to my next stop. I am not so sure it would be a great spot to camp for more than one night. I did not camp here in 2008 as I was staying with a friend that very evening. I think if we knew just how late we would arrive and that we would nearly get a speeding ticket in the process, we just might have pitched our tent here for the night and just gone early the next morning!

We also spend a night at a friend's place in Orient, SD which was a nice way to escape the rigors of the road.

The campground is fairly barren and obviously you can't expect any tree cover. You will be camping in exposed condition so if in a tent, keep an eye on the wind and expect the sun's considerable rays to have detrimental effects if you camp anywhere near the 14 day limit imposed by the park. Thankfully, the park does have covered picnic tables to make your meals more comfortable. Restrooms do feature flush toilets and running cold water. No showers are available in the park unless you are staying at the Cedar Pass Lodge. The fee is $14 per night.

Sage Creek Campground is off Sage Creek Rim Road which is not paved. It is a primitive campground with pit toilets and no running water. You must be self-sufficient to camp here but there is no fee as of 2008.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Road Trip, National/State Park, Camping
  • Written September 11, 2002
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picnic shelters help make camping bearable


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Ramkota Inn: Ramkota Inn in Pierre

Ramkota Inn in Pierre right next to the river is nice. It is part of the Best Western chain. It has a convention center too. so is usually busy. There are a lot of motels in Pierre. But don't go in January or early Febuary. The state Legistature is in session for a month(6 weeks every other year). Also that is when all the conventions that are trying to lobby are there too. Like the state tourism conference, educators conference etc. I have only attended conferences and meetings here. The food is good if a little on the high side but normal for a nice hotel.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Road Trip
  • Written August 26, 2002

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Camping in Yankton, SD at...

Camping in Yankton, SD at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area. The campgrounds were lovely and spacious and there was great fishing. Note that fishing permits in South Dakota are spendy, but so are the fines if you don't have one.

You can reserve a campsite or a cabin online. This campground is not exactly rustic, as it is a popular spot for boaters and there is a hotel and a nice restaurant in the park. There are also sand beaches and picnic spots.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 26, 2002
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