Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota? Here’s what you need to know for the weekend of Sept. 2-5:
United offers one-stop flights from BWI Marshall to Rapid City, S.D., with fares starting at $520.
State Game Lodge
13389 U.S. Hwy. 16A, Custer
Rock away your stress on the porch of this 1920 stone-and-wood lodge. Rooms from $145.
211 Mount Rushmore Rd., Custer
A 1950s “American retro” motel in downtown Custer. Rooms from $97.
State Game Lodge Dining Room
Try South Dakota specialties such as buffalo, pheasant and trout. Entrees average around $20.
133 Main St., Hill City
Sandwiches (about $7) come with German potato salad. Leave room for a signature dessert.
Custer State Park
13329 U.S. Hwy. 16A, Custer
Scout out buffalo and other wildlife on a Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour into usually inaccessible parts of the park. Adults $40, children under 12 $30. Groups of 10 or more, $34 per person. The season runs from May 1 to Oct. 31.
The park’s 46th Annual Buffalo Roundup is Sept. 26. Park admission $15 per vehicle (good for one week in any state park).
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Hwy. 244, Keystone
Gawk at the famous sculpture of four presidents carved into the Black Hills. Free; parking $11 per vehicle.