How do you get to Deadwood? And once you're here, what's the best way to get around the Black Hills?
Most people travel to the Black Hills by car, but there are other ways to see western South Dakota. Whatever method you use, you'll likely come to the 1899 Inn by car. Most GPS units and map apps will find the inn with the street address (21 Lincoln Avenue), but there are more detailed driving directions below if you need them.
Delta, American, United, and Allegiant serve Rapid City Regional Airport, which is about 53 miles (roughly an hour by car) southeast of Deadwood. Direct flights are currently available from Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Denver, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Phoenix/Mesa, and Las Vegas. Public transportation in the Black Hills is minimal, and many guests arriving by air will rent a car at the airport for the duration of their stay. Taxis and shuttles to Deadwood are available with advance reservations; fares are generally between $50 and $100. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft aren't yet available in the Black Hills. With advance notice, your innkeepers may be able to arrange airport pickup and drop-off for an additional fee - be sure to contact us ahead of time.
National motorcoach lines service the Black Hills with stations in Rapid City (about 45 miles south of Deadwood) and Spearfish (about 15 miles northwest of Deadwood). From the bus station in Rapid City, the only available transit is by taxi, and fares generally range between $50 and $100. There are no ground transportation options from the Spearfish bus station, but your innkeepers may be able to arrange pickup and drop-off for an additional fee.
From the East: If you're traveling from Rapid City, follow Interstate 90 westbound to Exit 30 at Sturgis. Take a left onto U.S. Highway 14A (Lazelle Street). Follow the highway approximately 11 miles into Deadwood.
From the West: If you're traveling from Wyoming, follow Interstate 90 eastbound through Spearfish to Exit 17. Take a right onto U.S. Highway 85. Follow the road approximately 7 miles up the hill and into Deadwood. The highway merges with U.S. Highway 14A as you descend into the city.
To the 1899 Inn: Continue down U.S. Highway 14A (Main Street, becoming Pioneer Way) until the intersection with Pine Street. Take a left, then take a right at the traffic light onto U.S. Highway 85 (Sherman Street). Follow it to the next traffic light, at the intersection with Cemetery Street. Take a left. The road curves around to the right in front of an apartment building. Take a left onto Lincoln Avenue. We're the third house on the left side of the street. You can park anywhere on the street - just not in front of the fire hydrant. Don't forget to turn your wheels into the curb if you park on the hill!
Sadly, South Dakota is one of two states in the U.S. without passenger rail service. However, there is a fun tourist train in Hill City if you're looking for your locomotive fix (and you don't, you know, actually need to go anywhere).
Find mad scientist with time machine. Accidentally get zapped to the past, save your parents' marriage, then accidentally get zapped to the future and save your children. Then go back to the past to keep that bully guy from using that book to get rich and sleep with your mom, and in the process accidentally get zapped back to 1885. Hail the Deadwood Stage. BYO seat pillow.