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Top Choice Monument in Mt Rushmore

Mt 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…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Rapid City

Prairie Edge

This labyrinthine three-story shop has a truly mesmerizing collection of art, furniture and home goods made by members of the Northern Plains tribes. You'll also find out-of-print books and supplies to make your own…
Top Choice State Park in Black Hills

Custer State Park

Mt Rushmore may lure travelers to the Black Hills, but it's nearby Custer State Park that often creates the most lasting memories. Not only does it boast some of the best American wildlife viewing outside of Yellows…
Top Choice Cemetery in Deadwood

Mt Moriah Cemetery

Calamity Jane (born Martha Jane Burke; 1852–1903) and Wild Bill Hickok (1837–76) rest side by side up on Boot Hill at the very steep cemetery. Entertaining bus tours leave five times daily, May to October, from the …
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 147 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 much of its walls. Currently 187 miles have been surveyed (3% of the es…
Bar in Deadwood

Saloon No 10

Dark paneled walls and sawdust on the floor are features of this storied bar. The original, where Hickok literally lost big time, stood across the street, but the building burned to the ground and the owners relocat…
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…