With Virtuoso listing glamping as a hot trend for 2018 and Airbnb reporting a sharp increase in demand for non-traditional sites like nature lodges and yurts, I wanted to reach out to share unique lodging options in South Dakota for your readers deep in summer travel planning.
From first timers not wanting to rough it to veteran outdoorsman just looking to mix it up, there’s no better way for campers to appreciate the majesty of South Dakota’s parklands and historic sites than from the comfort of spacious tents, covered wagons and more:
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore: Opening May 24, 2018, this well-appointed campsite combines pristine nature and luxury accommodations, offering unparalleled views of Mount Rushmore. The safari-inspired canvas tents feature king-size beds, in-tent bathrooms, showers and solar power and the on-site restaurant serves delicious home cooked meals.
Wagons at Rushmore Shadows: Inspired by those of the frontiersmen who explored the Old West, these covered wagons will make guests feel like they’ve stepped into the past – without sacrificing modern comforts. Each rustic wagon sleeps four to six guests and the campsite boasts a variety of amenities including a swimming pool, hot tub, sand volleyball court, two playgrounds, free bicycle rentals and mini-golf, plus nearby hiking trails.
Covered Wagons and more at Ingalls Homestead: At the home of Little House on the Prairie, families can learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder and pioneer history. With just a handful of overnight accommodations – four covered wagons, four RV sites, one bunkhouse and an open area for tent camping – the homestead is spacious and serene, an authentic prairie experience. During the day, younger guests are entertained with hands-on activities like making corn cob dolls, riding in a covered wagon and participating in a traditional one-room schoolhouse lesson to learn about what it was like for children living in the Dakota Territory in the 1880s.