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Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills: Including the Badlands (Moon Handbooks)

Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills: Including the Badlands (Moon Handbooks) [Kindle Edition]

Laural A. Bidwell
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South Dakota resident Laural A. Bidwell offers her firsthand experience and advice on Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills–including the Southern Hills, the Badlands, and Keystone. Bidwell provides unique travel strategies such as Best Hiking Trails, Viewing Wildlife, and Fossil Collecting in the Parks, Grasslands, & National Forest. With expert tips on the best dining, shopping, accommodations, and camping, Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6191 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 1 edition (10 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S3PQ90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #489,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 2 Sep 2012
By Beck77
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I find the Moon guides much easier to navigate than other travel guides. They also tell you about so much more than the usual tourist traps so that you get a chance to see sites that you probably wouldn't have known about otherwise. The maps are useful especially as they plot the sites of interest on. It's all written in easy to read English and almost as if you're having a conversation with the author about the place! There are many top tips on things like getting cheaper deals or avoiding crowds, the research done for these books is extensive. I can't praise this highly enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of useful information in a clear format 25 Jan 2013
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I ordered a couple of books for our trip to this area, and sent the others back and kept this one. The layout of this was superior in that the columns were larger so the text wasn't split every third word, which is most annoying. Most of the pages the text goes right across from one side to the other. On the strength of the extensive information in this book, we decided to extend our holiday by one more day, we never realised just how much history and how many places there are to see. I wish I had bought this before we booked all our accommodation, as it highlights some small towns that we had seen on the maps, but it also confirms that the places we have chosen are going to be great. Now all we have to do is bide our time till we leave the UK and get to South Dakota!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Vacation Guide to the Black Hills 29 May 2010
By central traveler - Published on
First, I have to say that I like Moon travel guides. And the guide to the Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills is a great addition. The maps are easy to use and the descriptions of the activities are useful and up to date. This book not only tells me about the "must sees" in the area, but the descriptions gave me the information I needed to determine what would be a "must see" for me. My personal favorites are Custer State Park (especially breakfast at the Bluebell Lodge) and the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery in Spearfish. There's so much to do in the Black Hills, and if you like to plan a vacation or simply explore as you travel along, this book is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far exceeded my expectations 8 April 2011
By Gregory J. Iannolo - Published on
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At first I didn't think I would like this book because there were not a lot of pictures in it. I like to see what is there like DK or National Geographic guidebooks usually do. I couldn't find any of my favorite guidebooks on Mount Rushmore so I took a chance on this one and was amazed. The information contained in this book is fabulous. I especially liked the recommendations made for scenic drives, accommodations, and restaurants. The detail of what to see and what to expect was excellent. Following up with searches on Trip Advisor to see personal experiences with hotels and places to see have made me more confident that I have researched the area well enough to have a pleasant trip this summer. I have also discovered that not all MOON Handbooks are created equal as each has a different author. This one, however, I found exceptional. Also take advantage on-line of visitor guides put out by local chambers of commerce. There is an excellent one available on the Black Hills at [...]
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring information for this "Road Warrior" 2 Jun 2010
By R. Whitcher - Published on
Traveler is my middle name. And I have just gotten Laurel's book and just love it. I live in the Black Hills and feel like I pretty much knew what was there, just a few spots that I didn't know. Well, this book reveals many places I have not gone to. And it reveals some things that I have been past and never noticed!!! It has made me want to do a lot of major traveling right in my own "back yard" !! I love the clean, simple layout of the book. I also love that there are a lot of photos to accompany the descriptions. I can pick this book up and read it and feel like I'm taking a bit of a trip from my couch. It makes me want to get out and adventure a bit and do the sight seeing thing. It is inspiring. I realize I have taken for granted that I live in one of the prettiest places ever, and just haven't taken the time to enjoy it. Well, thanks Laurel, for all your hard work, I want to "get out there" and enjoy it!! You have opened my eyes. I can't recommend this book enough. I have only read it enough to "scratch the surface" , but I look forward to reading the rest. I am sure I will post more comments as I read it more. This is also the first " Moon " book that I have purchased, and I really like it. I will look for more. By the way, both of my sons are in the military, Navy and Marine, and I have also bought a book for each of them to send to them and have so they can read about home from abroad, and I am sure they will enjoy it. Also, we brag about being from "God's Country" and this will help them show "the buddies" !! We are blessed!! Thanks again, Laurel, for all your efforts in this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible Guide to the Area 3 Dec 2011
By Matt - Published on
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My wife and I recently went on a somewhat lengthy road trip through the Dakotas and Minnesota. It was difficult to find a book that didn't either just gloss over or have a small section devoted to the Black Hills...and most of that was for Mt. Rushmore and/or the Badlands. This book met just about all the needs that we had during our trip. The book not only covers the main spots like Rushmore and the Badlands, but it covers the entire area in a very easy to understand manner.

In terms of just simple information about the region, to my knowledge there isn't a better book. But beyond that, Bidwell's writing shows that she's explored this area in and out and is not just an author but a local expert as well. I used the book in all facets of planning our adventure, from getting a basic overview of the history of the area down to mapping how we were going to tackle the Norbeck Scenic Byway. We used the book on the trip to make sure we weren't missing anything that would be of interest that we might regret not seeing. We used it on the fly to determine which restaurants we might eat at, especially in some of the smaller towns like Custer and Hill City. I would argue the book's biggest strength isn't so much regarding Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands (it does a fine job with those places however), but it's with the information and recommendations it provides for the rest of the area. It's nice to know a bit about the towns you're in to make you appreciate them more. In the end, we came away very satisfied with our choices...many of which were based on Bidwell's commentary and recommendations in the book.

Without a doubt, if you are planning a trip to southwestern South Dakota (which I also strongly recommend if you can), this book is a must-have, before, during, and after.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK FOR EXPLORERS 4 Dec 2010
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