Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills

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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  • 1. 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 the...Read More

  • 2. Days of '76 Museum

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    Days of '76 Museum began almost by accident as the horse-drawn carriages and stagecoaches used in the event's parade became an attraction in...Read More

  • 3. 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 a Deadwood...Read More

  • 4. Indian Museum of North America

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    When Ziolkowski agreed to carve Crazy Horse at the invitation of a Lakota elder, he determined that he wouldn't stop with the mountain. He wanted...Read More

  • 5. 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. The...Read More

  • 6. Museum of Geology

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

  • 7. South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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    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

  • 8. Tatanka: Story of the Bison

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    A heroic-scale bronze sculpture of three Native Americans on horseback driving 14 bison off a cliff is the centerpiece of Tatanka: Story of...Read More

  • 9. Tri-State Museum

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    Artifacts of regional ranchers and pioneer families are showcased in this museum's interpretive exhibits. You can see historical photos and...Read More

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