The Impulsive Traveler: Details, Black Hills, S.D.


Some of Custer State Park's 1,300 buffalo—including russet-colored babies—graze a valley on July 1, 2011. There are generally two herds that travel together—a larger "power herd" and a smaller satellite herd. (Christine Dell'Amore/CHRISTINE DELL'AMORE)

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:

GETTING THERE

United offers one-stop flights from BWI Marshall to Rapid City, S.D., with fares starting at $520.

WHERE TO STAY

State Game Lodge

13389 U.S. Hwy. 16A, Custer

605-255-4541

www.custerresorts.com

Rock away your stress on the porch of this 1920 stone-and-wood lodge. Rooms from $145.

Rocket Motel

211 Mount Rushmore Rd., Custer

605- 673-4401

www.rocketmotel.com

A 1950s “American retro” motel in downtown Custer. Rooms from $97.

WHERE TO EAT

State Game Lodge Dining Room

Try South Dakota specialties such as buffalo, pheasant and trout. Entrees average around $20.

Alpine Inn

133 Main St., Hill City

605-574-2749

www.alpineinnhillcity.com

Sandwiches (about $7) come with German potato salad. Leave room for a signature dessert.

WHAT TO DO

Custer State Park

13329 U.S. Hwy. 16A, Custer

605-255-4464

www.custerstatepark.info

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

605-574-2523

www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm

Gawk at the famous sculpture of four presidents carved into the Black Hills. Free; parking $11 per vehicle.

INFORMATION

www.blackhillsbadlands.com

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