Monument in Black Hills

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Looking like they're either emerging from or being absorbed by the mountain, the stony faces of past presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – carved 60ft tall in the g…
State Park in Black Hills

Custer State Park

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' (d…
Top Choice Historic Site in Deadwood

Mount Moriah Cemetery

Calamity Jane (born Martha Canary; 1850–1903) and Wild Bill Hickok (1847–76) rest side by side up on Boot Hill at the very steep cemetery. Entertaining bus tours leave hourly from Main St.
Top Choice Statue in Rapid City

Statues of Presidents

From a shifty-eyed Nixon in repose to a triumphant Harry Truman, lifelike statues dot corners throughout the center. Collect all 42. Maps available online.
Monument in Hill City

Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest monument is this 563ft-tall work-in-progress (with a lot of work to go). When finished it will depict the Sioux leader astride his horse, pointing to the horizon saying, 'My lands are where my de…
National Park in Black Hills

Wind Cave National Park

This park, protecting 44 sq miles of grassland and forest, sits just south of Custer State Park. The central draw is, of course, the cave, which contains 132 miles of mapped passages. The strong wind gusts, which ar…
Cave in Black Hills

Jewel Cave National Monument

If you visit only one Black Hills cave, this would be a good choice. It's 13 miles west of Custer and is so named because calcite crystals line nearly all of its walls. Currently 145 miles have been surveyed, making…
Museum in Rapid City

Journey Museum & Learning Center

Four museums in one! This impressive downtown facility looks at the history of the region from prehistoric times until today. Collections come from the vaunted Museum of Geology, the Sioux Indian Museum, the Minnilu…
Mine in Lead

Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

Gape at the 1250ft-deep Homestake Gold Mine to see what open-pit mining can do to a mountain. Nearby are the same mine's shafts, which plunge more than 1.5 miles below the surface and are now being used for physics …
Wildlife Reserve in Rapid City

Bear Country USA

Oodles of bears big and small in this drive-through park live off the land and hope you'll do something forbidden like offering them a Big Mac, or your hand. The attraction is eight miles south of Rapid City.