Rainy days aren’t meant to be spent gazing forlornly out of a window, wishing for the sun to peek out; on the contrary, afternoon rain showers present the opportunity to experience an area in a whole new way. Whether it’s sampling award-winning local wines or going on an adventure fit for the entire family, there are plenty of Black Hills attractions that allow you to escape the rain while enjoying unique indoor activities that make for a memorable vacation. So, if the forecast is calling for some sprinkles, don’t fret - instead, check a few of these great ways to spend an afternoon off of your list!
While the Black Hills are abuzz with visitors during the summer months, the area remains a hotspot throughout the year for those seeking world-class entertainment, dining, shopping and outdoor fun. The beautiful spring months leading up to vacation season make for a particularly attractive time to visit, with blooming flowers and singing birds adding to the region’s appeal. From exploring attractions to taking part in a special Easter celebration, spring offers a unique opportunity to experience what the area has to offer in a whole new way. Read on to learn three of the many reasons you need to plan a spring Black Hills getaway!
No matter what time of year you visit the Black Hills, you’re sure to encounter plenty of outdoor recreation and fun for all ages and interests; however, the summer months in this area are particularly packed with gatherings and celebrations, making it the prime time for exploring all that western South Dakota has to offer. We’ve outlined some of the biggest events hitting our region in summer 2020 so you can better plan your Black Hills getaway!
The Black Hills are not only home to jaw-dropping scenery and world-famous attractions, but they are also steeped in time-honored stories from the Wild West. During your vacation to the area, you are sure to see some of the names that are tied to this gunslingin’ era gracing building fronts and landmarks, but without a little back story, it is hard to understand the significance of their impact on the region. Read on to learn more about some of the prominent figures from that time period who made their name known here in western South Dakota!
As we head into August, it often feels like we start grasping at the last few straws that summer has to offer. We’re not sure why, but it always feels like summer went by too quickly, and that we didn’t pack enough adventure into those first two months. Well, today we’re here to show you that there is still plenty of time to get in on some warm weather fun, as we’ve outlined some of the area’s best late summer events that are taking place. Remember folks, summer doesn’t end until September 23rd!
Forget about getting the dad in your life another wacky tie or set of golf balls for Father’s Day – give him an experience he’ll always remember during your stay at the Powder House Lodge. Whether he’s a sports enthusiast or likes to get in touch with his artistic side, you’ll find the perfect dad-approved event taking place right here in the Black Hills!
The Black Hills offers so many things to do and attractions to experience, budgeting your time and money is important. We’ve come up with a list of free or nearly free Black Hills attractions that will help keep your wallet fat and your schedule full while you’re lodging near Mount Rushmore!
Mount Rushmore National Monument – America’s Shrine of Democracy is a must-see Black Hills attraction and is often the thing that brings most visitors to the beautiful Black Hills. While entrance to Mount Rushmore is free, there is a $10 per car parking fee. Please keep in mind and be aware that this is a parking fee and not an admittance fee, so Park Passes will not be honored. However, this parking fee is good for the entire calendar year so you can come and go from the monument at your leisure, which is great if you plan on attending the lighting ceremony. The lighting ceremony is a great way to end the day and is a must see while you are in the area. The ceremony takes place every evening during the summer months. For the 2019 season the ceremony will begin every night at 9:00 pm starting May 31st through August 11th. As the days grow shorter, the ceremony will begin at 8:00 pm every night until the final ceremony of the season on September 30th.
With gently rolling hills, sunsets framed by towering peaks and large, sparkling bodies of water, the Black Hills has picture-perfect scenery around every corner. So it shouldn’t be surprising that Hollywood has used the region numerous times throughout the years to capture the rugged beauty of the Wild West. However, besides the award-winning Dances with Wolves, many have not heard of the plethora of great films that have been shot in the area. Well, we’ve done a little research in order to put together a list of movies that will help make your next movie night Black Hills-themed.
Offering jaw-dropping scenic views around every corner, as well as plenty of romantic destinations along the way, the Black Hills are the ideal location to treat your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. However, with so much to do in the area this time of year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to plan that perfect date. Luckily, the Powder House Lodge team is here to help, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the area’s most luxurious, adventurous and unique date ideas so you can celebrate the season of love like never before!
Experiencing the local art scene of an area is one of the best ways to get a feel for the culture and history of the region, and checking out the eclectic mix of artwork that captures the essence of the Black Hills is a must while visiting the region. Taking a day to tour the area’s art galleries will not only be an enriching learning experience for the entire family, but also an inexpensive way to spend the day since many attractions are free and within a short drive from the Powder House Lodge. From exquisite paintings to one of a kind sculptures, the variety of South Dakota art museums is as diverse as the people, and below are some of the art galleries in the area that are loved by visitors and locals alike.
One of the most popular ways to celebrate The Fourth of July is by watching a firework display, and .just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you will have to miss an annual tradition. Many places throughout the Black Hills have firework displays, parades, live music, fun and games scheduled over the long Fourth of July weekend.
The annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ brings hundreds of thousands of bikers to the beautiful Black Hills to celebrate, rock out at concerts, and ride the twists and turns of Western South Dakota. The Hills offer a unique riding experience rivaled by few other areas in the country and bikers flock yearly to take part in the unique rides and outrageous events that surround the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™. Each year new concerts play and new Sturgis events are added to the long list of things to do and this year is no different. From the basic to the most outrageous, these are just a few of the new events added to the lineup this year at the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.
Summer has arrived, which means it’s time for family friendly vacations for the next few months. Vacations can be tough on the pocket book, but only if you let them. There are many simple ways to make the most of your money while you’re on vacation. We’ve compiled a list of our top tips for saving money while on family friendly vacations to help you get the most bang for your buck this summer.SaveSaveSave
The Black Hills are full of adventurous and unique things to do. From national monuments to state parks, local museums, and attractions, there is something for everyone to see while on vacation. The craft beer industry is growing and South Dakota breweries are located throughout the Black Hills.
Many South Dakota breweries not only use flavors that are indigenous to this region, but they also use hops that are grown in the area to encourage buying local. Within minutes of the Powder House Lodge are a wide variety of breweries.
Spring is here. The weather is getting warmer, the grass greener, and the roads ready to drive in the Black Hills. One of the unique characteristics of our beautiful Black Hills is the diversity in our communities. This diversity often translates into the kinds of shops we find throughout towns like Keystone, Hill City, Custer, and Deadwood. While visiting the Black Hills, you’re sure to experience a number of tiny shops and Black Hills restaurants that you won’t find anywhere else.
St. Patrick’s Day is a day for us to celebrate not only the Patron Saint of Ireland, but our Irish heritage as well. While we might not be open for a few more months, we thought it’d be fun to combine our love of the Irish with the area’s love of our presidents. For your St. Patrick’s Day pleasure, we present to you a list of US Presidents who have a bit of the ole’ Irish heritage in their background.
This last year was full of surprises, but one of the biggest hits of 2016 was the mobile app Pokemon Go. Kids and adults alike are spending time integrating the digital world of Pokemon with the physical Black Hills attractions around the area. Even the Powder House Lodge is a PokeStop! So not only can you sit down, relax, and have a refreshing meal during your stay, you can also stock up on gear for your next big Pokemon Go adventure. We’ve got a few tips on how to work playing Pokemon Go into your vacation. With all of the great Black Hills attractions in the area, it’s hard not to try and catch those cheeky little critters.
Some of the best stories we hear from our guests is how they remember their Black Hills vacation from when they were kids. They return – many years later – with children of their own and marvel at how much has changed, while how much of the area has stayed the same. Traveling with kids is all about providing experiences, of building the sense of family, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. However, as any parent knows, traveling with kids isn’t always the hassle-free experience one could expect. We’ve listed some tips to help make traveling with kids on your Black Hills vacation easier and more enjoyable for the whole family.
Booking your vacation can seem like a daunting task. After you’ve chosen a destination, you need to consider lodging. Obviously, there are many different factors that determine where you may or may not stay. At the Powder House Lodge, we offer Black Hills cabin rentals with accommodations that truly meet the needs of almost everyone. From a pool and playground for kids and families to a covered back patio for pre- or post-dinner libations, electric car chargers, free WiFi and cable, we truly try to make sure that we have something for everyone. While some hotels may have some of these amenities, there are some unique advantages to cabin rentals like those at the Powder House.
Fall is here. The leaves are turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. In many areas around the Black Hills, they’ve already started falling off the trees. The nights are quieter than we’re used to. The traffic from traveling tourists in the nights has been replaced with only the sound of a slight breeze and rustling leaves. The pine trees, entrenched in the granite hillsides and peaks of the Black Hills, create a silhouette against the moon-lit Dakota night. It’s easy to let your mind wander to thoughts of the area’s rich history and legends. How many of those legends might still be roaming around? We present some of the most haunted places in the Black Hills…in no particular order.