Info needed: SD and ND


Apr 19th, 2013, 04:42 PM
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Info needed: SD and ND

Trying to "bag" our next to last two states with SD and ND.

Have a chance to travel there in early June. I know I have to research the area, but can anyone give me a clue about the weather at that time? Very hot or moderate?

Also debating if we should fly into Minneapolis, drive to ND and Theodore Roosevelt Park and then to SD and various parks in western part and fly out of Denver. Or would it be better to fly in and out of Denver? Guess I'm asking if there's anything of interest in eastern part of SD and bit of Minnesota.

Hope it's not too late to get reservations. The lodges in Custer State Park sound wonderful.
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Apr 19th, 2013, 05:12 PM
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Why not just fly to Rapid City?
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Apr 19th, 2013, 05:49 PM
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Did check Rapid City and the connections are pretty bad using Delta, which I must do.
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Apr 19th, 2013, 09:46 PM
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Early June shouldn't be real hot yet.

Minneapolis or Denver - not a big difference for drive time to the Black Hills. You can find plenty of things to do on either route. The one advantage to Minneapolis is that you could say you've seen more of both Dakotas rather than driving to only the far Western part of each state.

Minnesota has plenty of state parks on the drive to Fargo. Itasca State Park is a bit out of the way but a great place for a day or two. If you go the other way, the SW part of Minnesota is prairie and not much different from South Dakota.
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Apr 20th, 2013, 01:34 PM
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Early June in the Dakotas is not going to be anywhere near "hot"--pleasantly warm during the day, but not hot.

Over a month ago, I was looking for cabins in Custer State Park for mid-June and the pickings were slim and none. Good luck!
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Apr 20th, 2013, 06:00 PM
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Much of North Dakota has an "oil boom" going on. Many of the places that rent rooms are occupied by oilmen. It would be possible to fly into MSP and then get on the Amtrak Empire Builder to Wiliston ND. Rent a car there and head south seeing T.Roosevelt NP on the way to Rapid City.
The most interesting scenery in SD and ND is in the western third of each state IMO.
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