Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn
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It was suggested that the best time to view Mt.Rushmore was in the morning, so at 9 am we drove up part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway to reach Mt. Rushmore. This part of the drive was spectacular and we weren't disappointed when we reached our long anticipated destination.
Once there, after taking a million photos & helping a few …
... a USA government-funded work.
At Crazy Horse there is so much to see inside a rambling expanse of buildings. You can walk through the sculptor's home and studio. There are large open rooms filled with cases of Native American art. Flags from all Native nations hang from the beams above. The memorial is a tribute to all native people across the US. Displays showcase the history of the memorial in all its phases, awards, tributes, and the ...
... other amazing thing we learned was that to separate the gold from the other minerals they used mercury. So the miners were sifting through everything, including mercury, all day and eventually got aggressive, and went bazonkers. Kind of makes you wonder if the loss of life and land of Natives was worth it all. I rather doubt it.
That night we stayed at a very out of the way, gorgeous campground on Iron Mountain bordering the Black Hills Park. ...
... take some pictures, but I didn't do much walking or hiking. It was too freaking cold to stay out of the car for any more then a few minutes.
After getting out of that cold, barren landscape I continued on to the Black Hills and Custer State Park. Now the Black Hills are freaking beautiful. They reminded me quite a bit of the high country of North Carolina (the really high country-around where Mt. Mitchell, ...
... and asked them if there was anything we would be able to do in the town. There are no dogs allowed in any of the buildings so the only thing that he could suggest was the cemetery. We eventually found a bus tour operator that would allow us to take Nibs as long as he sat on our laps so we hopped on the bus for a one hour tour. We were told the story of Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane and Potato ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBest Western Buffalo Ridge Inn Custer
This Best Western is an older one, well used, with a few upgrades and was in a good area, easily accessible. I didn't read the fine print and discovered our room didn't have a refrigerator or microwave. The room was small, stuffy and the smoke alarm was disabled. The bed was comfortable and the room was quiet. It was a bit more expensive than some of the other Best Westerns Hotels we've stayed in recently, but they are in peak summer season now and you have to expect to pay more.
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