Deadwood, SD, USA

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Deadwood, SD, USA

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Deadwood is the real deal

Not everyone leaves Deadwood the way they came in—just think of Wild Bill Hickock, whose gun-slinging ways came to a notorious end in one of the town's saloons. But today's visitors will check out of their Deadwood vacation rentals knowing they've done the Wild West true justice. This town is the real deal when it comes to those lawless days. Its Main Street is lined with gambling halls and saloon bars, and there are still gold mines here and a gunslingers' cemetery. Play your cards right and you might just survive Deadwood to tell the tale.

Getting Wild (Bill Hickock) in Deadwood

If you're coming to Deadwood to relive the "days of '76"—the year Wild Bill arrived in town—you're in luck. Start with the gambling halls that are still Deadwood's big earner. From roulette to craps to slots, you can stack those chips just like the old-time prospectors who gambled their gold away. Then there are the history tours and live displays that vividly bring home how miners mined, bar hands poured, and gunslingers fought. You can even head out of town on horseback—saddle slung cowboy-style—to explore the Black Hills. Or you could just go with the times, and hire an ATV.

Deadwood sights—don't miss a trick

With the whole of Deadwood classed as a National Historic Landmark, you'll be tripping over its historic attractions. Most visitors opt for the Hickock hat-trick once they've settled into their Deadwood vacation rentals: touring the "Original Site of the Killing of Wild Bill Hickok"; the Days of '76 Museum; and lastly Mount Moriah Cemetery, where Wild Bill was buried. The Adams Museum is also a great place to dig deeper into Deadwood's notorious past. The kids will love the Broken Boot Gold Mine as they leave clutching their own little nugget of gold!

Making a decent hand of Deadwood's weather

South Dakota might be more north than west, but summers here are gloriously warm and decidedly on the long side. Temperatures often top 70°F from May through September. Although Deadwood isn't as dry as much of South Dakota, most of that rain and snow comes in a short spring-time flurry, meaning plenty of blue skies at high noon. Winters can also be on the benign side, with snows being quickly wafted away by warm chinook winds. So, even in winter, your plans for Deadwood vacation rentals don't have to include a snow shovel!

Deadwood's Black Hills bursting with beauty

Deadwood, now as then, is squeezed along the creeks and gulches winding through the northern Black Hills. In fact, the town gets its name from a gulch filled with dead trees where prospectors struck gold in the 1870s. Book a Deadwood lodge and you'll find it isn't just the town that's a little wild. The surrounding hills remain a largely untouched frontier, crisscrossed by hiking and biking trails. Head out along these and you might have a few close brushes with animals as cute as chipmunks and as fierce as mountain lions.