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Hotel between Mt. Rushmore and Medora, ND- Bowman?

Nashville, Tennessee
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Hotel between Mt. Rushmore and Medora, ND- Bowman?

We are looking for somewhere to stay somewhere between Custer, SD and Medora, ND. We thought we would break the drive up after a visit to Mt. Rushmore on our way to Teddy Roosevelt National Park. Right now, I'm thinking it might be worth two nights near Mt. Rushmore and to try to make the drive in one day and then head on to Billings. It is a long haul. However, I am having no luck finding a decent town to stop. Bowman was the plan, but there are very limited options. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Saint Paul...
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1. Re: Hotel between Mt. Rushmore and Medora, ND- Bowman?

There is very little in terms of services along US85 between Spearfish and Medora (or on that stretch of SD79 to US85 if you head north from Sturgis).

Confused if you're trying to break up the drive from Custer to Billings or from Custer to Medora. It's about 5hrs from Custer to Medora and then another 4hrs or so to Billings.

Where are you going to after Billings? If Yellowstone, spend one night in Medora and then drive to Red Lodge, MT, or further on to Yellowstone the next day.

Fremont, California
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2. Re: Hotel between Mt. Rushmore and Medora, ND- Bowman?

What I did was to stay in Deadwood for the night and went to a show there...

but David1 is right. Right you get beyond Belle Fourche, its basically some cows and green pastures...

its a fast road

The "car" in front of me was a cement truck going 70 plus miles an hour (i.e. everyone drives a bit fast unless there is weather related....heavy rain, etc.).

I made it from Deadwood to Medora in about 3 1/2 hours.

From Deadwood to Mt. Rushmore is about 90 minutes.

The other option if not interested in Deadwood would be to stay in Spearfish or at Spearfish Canyon Resort.

I enjoyed Medora and in particular Teddy Roosevelt National Park.

I also really liked the entire Black Hills Region..

North Dakota
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3. Re: Hotel between Mt. Rushmore and Medora, ND- Bowman?

Bowman is only another hour to Medora....just get to there that night and stay there to be fresh to take in the park the next day.

4. Re: Hotel between Mt. Rushmore and Medora, ND- Bowman?

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