Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills

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  • 1. Bear Country U.S.A


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

  • 2. Black Hills Caverns


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

  • 3. Black Hills National Forest

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Hundreds of miles of hiking, mountain-biking, and horseback-riding trails crisscross this million-acre forest on the state's western edge. Entry...Read More

  • 4. Black Hills Petrified Forest

    Geological Site

    An audiovisual presentation and a self-guided nature walk teach you about the geologic evolution of western South Dakota. Allow about an hour...Read More

  • 5. Ft. Hays Dances with Wolves Movie Set

    Film Studio

    Starting with movie sets from the epic Dances with Wolves, this attraction is evolving into the South Dakota Film Museum, chronicling some...Read More

  • 6. Gray Line of the Black Hills


    This outfit offers bus tours from Rapid City to Mount Rushmore, Black Hills National Forest, Custer State Park, and the Crazy Horse Memorial...Read More

  • 7. Journey Museum


    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. The...Read More

  • 8. Main Street Square


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

  • 9. Museum of Geology


    This museum hosts a fine collection of fossilized bones from giant dinosaurs. It also contains extensive collections of agates, fossilized cycads...Read More

  • 10. Outdoor Campus West

    Information Center

    A project of South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, this attractive education center opened in 2011. It couples a hands-on museum featuring native...Read More

  • 11. Reptile Gardens


    In the valley between Rapid City and Mount Rushmore is western South Dakota's answer to a zoo. In addition to the world's largest private reptile...Read More

  • 12. Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns


    Crystalline chambers, reflecting pools, and limestone fill these underground caverns, named in honor of Sioux holy man Sitting Bull. Check out...Read More

  • 13. South Dakota Air and Space Museum


    See General Dwight D. Eisenhower's Mitchell B-25 bomber, a B-1 Bomber, and nearly three dozen other planes and missiles, as well as a once...Read More

  • 14. Storybook Island


    On the west side of Rapid City is Storybook Island, a park on the banks of Rapid Creek that lets children romp through scenes from fairy tales...Read More

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