It’s the ultimate summer road trip most Midwesterners take: Visiting Mount Rushmore. So, the question comes up each year – where should we stay near Mount Rushmore? Based on my experiences and that of my travel writing friends, I came up with a great list of recommendations. Whether you want a cabin or airbnb near the national monument, or you’re looking for the amenities of a hotel, you’ll find the perfect accommodations on this list.
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Best time to visit Mount Rushmore
Before we jump into hotels near Mount Rushmore, it’d be good to point out the ideal time to visit.
Early fall, particularly September and October, are regarded as the best time to visit. It’s typically a dry time of year in that part of South Dakota, and it’s not as hot.
Besides the weather, fewer tourists mean there’s less demand for hotel rooms. And that typically means lower prices for reservations. Win-win.
The summer months – June, July and August – is the peak season to visit the monument but it’s not the best time. Besides the crowds you’ll likely encounter, it’s also very hot in South Dakota that time of year.
From experience, if you’re planning a summer trip because that’s life with kids in school, just be sure to avoid going during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It’s 10 days each August.
I kid you not, my mom planned a trip for our family that timed out perfectly with the world’s largest motorcycle rally. It was kind of funny, now that I think of it, but I’m sure it was frustrating for my parents trying to park our big ol’ conversion van.
Why: This is actually two cabins in one! One cabin has three bedrooms, the other has one. And the best thing? The location is really near Mount Rushmore because it was originally built as a cabin for those who were working on Mount Rushmore.
Why: Location, location, location. The K Bar S Lodge, part of the Ascend Hotel Collection, is located in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve, putting it so close to Mount Rushmore, guests get a profile view of the presidents. Well, a view of George’s forehead, at least.
Why it’s great: Under Canvas Mount Rushmore is the perfect spot for families who want to try glamping. According to my friends at We 3 Travel, this “glamorous camping” resort offers upscale, comfortably-appointed tents, including those with bathrooms and multiple beds for families, just a short drive from the park and even offers a distant view of those famous faces. The fun camping resort environment included a lodge, restaurant, and daily activities.
Why it’s great: Liberty at B4 and After has been eyeing this ranch for some time. “I haven't been there yet, but I want to go. I like it because they have horses for my daughter, and atving for my husband, and various cabin options for different sized families.”
Why: Besides a pretty exterior, the inn has an indoor pool, small playground, fire pits, and a daily cookie happy hour. One reader, Tobe, said it’s “nestled into a hill making it seem much more secluded than it was.”
Why it’s great: Diana at Let’s Camp More says her favorite place to camp in the area is Legion Lake at Custer State Park. “It is centrally located in the park so there is easy access to hiking, the Wildlife Loop, Needles Eye Tunnel, and of course, Mt. Rushmore."
Why: We stayed at this Comfort Inn & Suites on our trip to Mt. Rushmore, and it was great for us because Rushmore was only one of our many planned things to see. The plan was to explore a lot more of Rapid City, as well as visit the monument. Plus, it's always great to find a hotel with a pool when traveling with kids.
Why it’s great: Erin at Des Moines Parent recommends this charming Airbnb because it provided space for her family and had plenty of fun things for her kids to enjoy. She says staying at places like this cottage helps save money on trips because you don't have to eat out as much.
Why: The draw of this hotel is the indoor waterpark and pool, though it's going to appeal to younger children than older children since it's not too big. Its proximity to the interstate is also a great feature, making it quick to get places.
i would like to visit yellowstone this fall can you give us any place to state in cabin our r favorites
Monday 26th of April 2021
Of the two cabins we stayed at in and near Yellowstone, our favorite was actually just outside of the south entrance - Headwaters is located at Flagg Ranch on the far north end of Grand Teton National Park. We stayed at Canyon Lodge & Cabins inside Yellowstone and it was OK, too, but I had to reserve that over a year in advance.