Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills Sights

The 2 million acres of the Black Hills are about evenly split between private property and the Black Hills National Forest. Fortunately for visitors, the national forest is one of the most developed in the United States. Roads are numerous and generally well maintained, and navigation is easy. Towns with services are plentiful (compared with the Wyoming plains to the west), so you needn't worry

about how much gas you've got in your tank or where you'll find a place to stay at night. Rapid City, the largest community in the region, is the most popular base for exploring the Black Hills. The northern towns of Deadwood and Spearfish have almost as many services, with less traffic and fewer tourists.

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Adams Museum

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Between the massive stone-block post office and the old railroad depot, there are three floors of displays at the Adams Museum, including...

Bear Country U.S.A

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Encounter black bear, elk, sheep, and wolves at this drive-through wildlife park, which has been entertaining guests for more than 40...

Beautiful Rushmore Cave

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Stalagmites, stalactites, flowstone, ribbons, columns, helictites, and the "Big Room" are all part of the worthwhile tour into this cave.

Black Hills Caverns

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Amethysts, logomites, calcite crystals, and other specimens fill this cave, first discovered by gold-seekers in 1882. Half-hour and hour...

Broken Boot Gold Mine

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You can pan for gold here, and even if you don't find any you'll leave with a souvenir stock certificate. Visitors may also take a short,...

Crazy Horse Memorial

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Designed to be the world's largest work of art, this tribute to the spirit of the North American Indian people depicts Crazy Horse, the...

Custer State Park

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This 71,000-acre park is considered the crown jewel of South Dakota's state park system. Elk, antelope, mountain goats, bighorn sheep,...

High Plains Western Heritage Center

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Focusing on a region now covered by five states—the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, and Nebraska—this center features artifacts such as...

Journey Museum

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The interactive exhibits at this museum explore the history of the Black Hills from the age of the dinosaurs to the days of the pioneers.

Main Street Square

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This attractive plaza in downtown Rapid City is a focal point for a wide array of special events throughout the year, including movies...


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