South Dakota is more than 4 giant heads on the side of a mountain. Sure, we all want to be in an Alfred Hitchcock movie, and let’s face it, a visit to Mount Rushmore is an essential element of that experience. But there is more to do, and so much more to see while you’re there. A tour of the Mount Rushmore state also needs to take in the Badlands National Park, with its surreal scenery of sculptured pinnacle and gullies hinting at the fantastic age of the landscape.
The Crazy Horse Memorial and the historic town of Deadwood are reminders of the trials and challenges that faced thousands of families as they pushed west against the Frontier. Jewel cave, Wind Cave and the Missouri River are there to speak to the overwhelming power nature has applied to the countryside.
South Dakota is a state that is proud of its place in America’s history, and proud of its rugged features and weathered landscape – like any Frontiersman should be. And it is a magnificent place to visit, boasting some of the most wondrously spectacular and familiar scenery you are likely to come across.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in South Dakota:
1. The Lodge at Deadwood
Linked to the Casino, and located in the Historic Town of Deadwood, the Lodge is an award-winning resort situated to provide access to breathtaking views over the Black Hills. The Resort includes 140 rooms and suites, which offer design features like private viewing decks, or sumptuous fireplaces (in selected suites) where guests can take in the magnificent scenery, breath the crisp mountain air, or just curl up with a loved one with a glass of wine.
The resort also sports a pair of restaurants, each having won awards in their own right, as well as a 24-hour fitness center, shuttle service for local tours, and of course the Las Vegas-styled Casino. The hotel also boasts an intricate indoor water playground for the kids. Overall an outstanding place to stay while scheduling tours of the historic precinct.