The world's largest monument, the Crazy Horse Memorial is, as author Ian Frazier describes, 'a ruin, only in reverse.' Onlookers at the 563ft-tall work-in-progress can gawk at what will be the Sioux leader astride his horse, pointing to the horizon saying, 'My lands are where my dead lie buried.
The only reason 111-sq-mile Custer State Park isn't a national park is that the state grabbed it first. It boasts one of the largest free-roaming bison herds in the world (about 1500), the famous 'begging burros' (donkeys seeking handouts) and more than 200 species of bird.
Calamity Jane (born Martha Canary, 1850–1903) and Hickok (1847–76) rest side by side up on Boot Hill at the very steep cemetery. Entertaining bus tours ($9) leave hourly from Main St.
The all-time-ultimate roadside attraction is the Corn Palace . Close to 300,000 ears of corn are used each year to create a tableaux of murals on the outside of the building.
The remarkable Mammoth Site is the country's largest left-as-found mammoth fossil display. Hundreds of animals perished in a sinkhole here about 26,000 years ago.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum houses dozens of bikes, including many classics. A 'freedom fighters' exhibit honors those who have fought for the rights of bikers.
TheWounded Knee Museum tells the story of the massacre from the Lakota perspective using photos and narratives. It's more insightful than anything at the actual site.
The excellent Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center at St Joseph's Indian School has Lakota cultural displays and contemporary art from numerous tribes.
The Journey Museum takes you on a trip through 2½ billion years of the history of the Black Hills with lots of space given to the Lakota Sioux and dinosaurs.
Calamity Jane (born Martha Canary, 1850-1903) and Hickok (1847-76) rest side by side up on Boot Hill at the very steep Mount Moriah Cemetery
History buffs should pop into the hilltop rest stop, south of town, where the Lewis & Clark Information Center has exhibits on the intrepid band.
The silo can be viewed without a reservation through a glass cover. Note that from here west, Mountain Time is used, which is one hour earlier.