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Travel Tips for the Black Hills

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The first holiday of 2023 is right around the corner which means many of you will be traveling to the Black Hills or you are already hunkered down here with family, friends & special ones, as the winter holidays are in full swing.

The first holiday of 2023 is right around the corner which means many of you will be traveling to the Black Hills or you are already hunkered down here with family, friends & special ones, as the winter holidays are in full swing. Maybe you’re here braving it alone, having come to gaze upon our Black Hills snowy-draped beauty. You might be someone coming for a ‘work-cation’ or the ever popular ‘stay-cation’, because clearly the many whom call these magical hills home, just can’t think of anywhere they’d rather be during vacation. We here at Powder House Lodge, well, we understand. That’s why our establishment is such a popular destination for the adventurers, travelers and businesspersons.

Now, you do not need a holiday or special reason to travel to the beautiful Black Hills area. But here are some travel tips to make for a joyful and magical season here in the stunning Black Hills during the winter

  1. Plan your trip in advance.

The best way to ensure a hassle-free vacation is to plan your trip in advance. This includes booking transportation, accommodations, and activities. By doing so, you'll save yourself the trouble of last-minute planning, and you'll have more time to enjoy your vacation. It’s also important to check hours for your chosen activities as many attractions close during the winter.

  1. Make a list of things to see and do in the Black Hills.

There are many things to see and do in the Black Hills, including:

-Visit Mount Rushmore National Monument

-Visit Crazy Horse Memorial

-Take a scenic drive through the Hills

-Sledding, Snowboarding or Skiing at one of our Ski Resorts

-Renting snowshoe and snowmobiles

-Ice fishing and ice skating

-Visit Custer State Park

-See the buffalo herds

-Visit the historic towns of Deadwood and Keystone, South Dakota

  1. Bring the right gear.

To make the most of your winter trip, be sure to pack for the weather (which typically ranges from 0–30 degrees Fahrenheit). This means a wool base layer, fleece mid-layer, windproof outer layer, waterproof boots and, of course, a warm hat, scarf, gloves and socks. If you’re planning to play in the snow, bring snow pants and a waterproof jacket and plenty of warm socks.

  1. Take advantage of discounts.

If you're looking to save money on your trip, it's best to book your transportation and accommodations as early as possible. Transportation providers, such as airlines and rental car companies, often offer discounts for early bookings. And, by reserving your accommodations early, you'll have a wider selection of choices and possibly better rates. Compare prices between different travel agencies and websites to get the best deal. Don’t forget to check direct pricing which can sometimes be cheaper than using a booking site.

  1. Be prepared for inclement weather.

Whenever you're planning a trip, it's important to be aware of the potential for inclement weather. Blizzards, and other severe weather conditions can often cause travel disruptions and cancellations. So, if you're planning to travel during the winter months it's a good idea to have a backup plan in case of bad weather. You may also need to purchase new tickets or make new arrangements. So, it's a good idea to have a travel insurance policy that will cover these costs.

The Black Hills are filled with plenty of magic during the winter season. Something for the snow loving people, and for those who’d rather ‘dare’ staying warm. All though we are closed this winter season, be sure to book us for your next summer Black Hills trip.


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