if you go
Where to stay
Sylvan Lake Lodge: Located in a splendid setting of pine and spruce forests in Custer State Park, overlooking its namesake lake, accommodations are in both the lodge and individual cabins (custerresorts.com).
Grand Gateway Hotel: This Rapid City spot with comfortable accommodations has been family-owned and operated for three generations (grandgatewayhotel.com).
Where to Eat
Firehouse Brewing Co.: Located in Rapid City's first fire station, it has an extensive menu and beers from the onsite brewery (firehousebrewing.com).
Dakotah Steak House: Steaks rule in this Rapid City restaurant, but you can also sample dishes such as pheasant poppers, buffalo skewers and elk ravioli (dakotahsteakhouse.com).