We decided to add on a visit to ND and TRNP before heading home from our SD road trip. As it stands, we will drive up on a Thursday from Spearfish, SD, which Google Maps tells me is about a 3.5 hour drive. We would plan to arrive in Medora around lunch time.
We have the rest of Thursday and all day Friday in ND before leaving early early Sat. morning (probably 5-6 AM) to start the long drive back to IL.
Our interests are mainly hiking and scenic driving/wildlife viewing. So my question is: Are we better off exploring the South Unit on Thursday (we'll have half a day) and then dedicating all day Friday to driving up to the North Unit? Or do you think we'll have more hiking options in the South Unit and should plan our full day for there?
My second question is on lodging. I am torn between the luxury that comes with a higher price tag of Rough Riders vs. smaller, less frills but much cheaper Amble Inn. We will be coming off of several nights in different cabins, which I love, but are no-frills, so a more luxurious lodge might be nice, but just debating whether the much higher price tag (about $100 more a night) is "worth it." Has anyone personally stayed at Amble Inn and Rough Riders and can compare the two?