We just finished spending several days in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota, camped in the shadow of Mt Rushmore.
If you've never been to this part of the world, you are definitely in for a treat. The scenery is epic, and there's a lot to do; so much so, I think we hardly scratched the surface.
It all starts with where to stay, and I don't think you'll find anyplace more suitable that the Mt Rushmore Resort and Lodge at Palmer Gulch.
Yup, it's a KOA, but like no other we've ever experienced. It's a true, family-oriented resort located a quick and gorgeous drive from the Mt Rushmore.
Large sites, friendly staff, reasonable rates, plenty of activities and services. What more do you need?
How about some good food? Try the Alpine Inn dining room in downtown Hill City, just a short drive from the KOA. The Alpine features an excellent, authentic German menu served in an antique hotel setting. And just up the street is the Hill City Cafe; a bit of a greasy spoon, but their sumptuous chicken fried steak dinner will satisfy two people for a very reasonable price.
And as far as activities? After the obligatory visit to the stunning Mt Rushmore Memorial, take a two hour ride on the Black Hills Railroad steam train out of Hill City, then check out the Crazy Horse project, about 20 minutes to the south.
Up next: Buffalo and Cody Wyoming, then on to Yellowstone!