Discover luxury and boutique hotels in Keystone
Buried in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Keystone may be a gold-mining outpost of old but these days the town’s treasure comes in the form of world-famous monuments and wild (west) scenery. The star-spangled showstopper around here is Mount Rushmore, looming just beyond the city limits, but the region’s Native American heritage is etched into the nearby Crazy Horse Memorial. Pine-coated mountains and grassy plains in the surrounding national parks make for prime hiking and biking country, or set out on a behind-the-wheel adventure through the Mount Rushmore-framing tunnels of the Iron Mountain Road.
When to go
If you’re heading to Mount Rushmore, September and October is the time to go. The summer months are pleasantly hot but unpleasantly crowded; autumn is milder but quieter.
PlanesRapid City Regional Airport is under an hour’s drive away. Your best bet is to fly into Denver International from a host of domestic cities, including New York and Los Angeles, or certain international cities such as Montreal and London, then catch a short connecting flight to Rapid City. Otherwise, you can fly direct to Rapid City from US hubs including Chicago and Phoenix, or buckle up for a six-hour drive from Denver.
AutomobilesHire your own wheels (preferably a 4x4) if you fancy road-tripping to neighbouring national parks. You’ll find the standard rental companies at both Rapid City Regional and Denver International Airports.