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Sunday in South Dakota: Historic Hill City - Tamara's Journeys

Sunday in South Dakota: Historic Hill City

August 20th, 2017

Keep Calm – We Have a Change of Plans. The fair wasn’t operating when I arrived so I drove to Hill City. Sometimes your day ends up different and it ends up (tasting) better that way.

I drove in search of scenic beauty, a bit of history and a good meal. I found all of those while strolling the streets of Hill City, the 2nd oldest town in these Black Hills. The “Heart of the Black Hills” is centrally located to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Custer State Park within a scenic 15 minutes which is why it’s continued to flourish over the years. Location. Location. Location.

This location is home to many popular art galleries, wonderful restaurants, year round outdoor activities suitable for families and 3 wineries. Speaking of wonderful restaurants, the Alpine Inn, built in 1886, is the historic landmark I chose for lunch. The Alpine Inn has a reputation for ethnic European dishes, and the reputation is well deserved. My lunch was a delicious change of plans. http://www.alpineinnhillcity.com/our-history/

A short walk from the Alpine Inn and I hopped aboard the 1880 Train for a 20-mile ride between Hill City and Keystone. I’ve always been attracted to vintage train rides. The romance of the rails through the Black Hills was a special treat unlike any other attraction in the area, this railroad helped settle the West. Click to watch a short video: https://youtu.be/lonmaxco77Q

Eat, Play & Love the location you’re in.



  • Dad says on: August 20, 2017 at 10:56 pm


    Which ethnic food did you have for lunch? The horse was really artistic, too.

  • Laura Thompson says on: August 21, 2017 at 8:41 am


    Looks like you had an amazing day! 🙂

    • Tamara says on: August 22, 2017 at 7:21 am


      I did Laura. Partially thanks to you for being my advisor and setting me on a path that would lead to this adventure.

  • Rich says on: August 24, 2017 at 11:30 am


    I love your blog and look forward to it each time.

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.