Must-see attractions in Black Hills

  • Mount Rushmore National Monument in South Dakota, USA.

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Black Hills

    Visitors can't help but be impressed by the sheer scale and massive physical effort of the team behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota…

  • John Quincy Adams statue in Rapid City, South Dakota.

    Statues of Presidents

    Black Hills

    From a shifty-eyed Nixon in repose to a triumphant Harry Truman, lifelike statues dot corners throughout the center of Rapid City. Collect all 42. Maps…

  • American buffalo herd in Custer State Park.

    Custer State Park

    Black Hills

    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…

  • Kidney Springs

    Black Hills

    The best water you'll drink in the Black Hills flows freely from this spring right in the center of town. It's not cold, but it's also not so hot you'll…

  • Mt Moriah Cemetery

    Black Hills

    Calamity Jane (born Martha Jane Burke; 1852–1903) and Wild Bill Hickok (1837–76) rest side by side up on Boot Hill at this very steep cemetery. Pick up…

  • The face of the Crazy Horse Memorial.

    Crazy Horse Memorial

    Custer City

    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…

  • Wind Cave National Park

    Black Hills

    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…

  • Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

    Black Hills

    Gape at the 1250ft-deep Homestake Gold Mine to see what open-pit mining can do to a mountain. Nearby are the mine's shafts, which plunge more than 1.5…

  • Jewel Cave National Monument

    Black Hills

    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…

  • Journey Museum & Learning Center

    Black Hills

    This impressive downtown facility is four museums in one, looking at the history of the region from prehistoric times until today. Collections come from…

  • Days of '76 Museum

    Black Hills

    Tells the story of the Days of '76 celebration, an annual tradition honoring the town's inception in 1876. There's Native American artifacts, gun displays…

  • Mammoth Site

    Black Hills

    Right near the center, this is the country's largest left-as-found mammoth fossil display. Hundreds of animals perished in a sinkhole here about 26,000…

  • Museum of Geology

    Black Hills

    All that drama underground has produced some spectacular rocks. See these plus dinosaur bones and some stellar fossils here at the South Dakota School of…

  • Adams Museum

    Black Hills

    Recently revitalized, this museum does an excellent job of capturing the town's colorful past. There's also a small store with books on the region.

  • Trial of Jack McCall Reenactment

    Black Hills

    The trial of Jack McCall, shooter of Wild Bill Hickok, is reenacted with audience participation at 8pm. In this trial he's found innocent, though he later…

  • Main Street Shootouts

    Black Hills

    Actors reenact famous shootouts on Main St, including the 1877 saloon fight between Tom Smith and David Lunt (who lived for 67 days relatively unbothered…

  • Bear Country USA

    Black Hills

    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…

  • Cascade Falls

    Black Hills

    Part of the Black Hills National Forest, this beloved swimming hole, 11 miles south of Hot Springs, is great for a picnic or afternoon dip. Beware of the…

  • Sturgis Motorcycle Museum

    Black Hills

    This small hall-of-fame-style museum packs in a surprising number of bikes, including vintage and rare models. Its Hall of Fame honors luminaries in the…

  • Reptile Gardens

    Black Hills

    Reptiles, snakes, giant tortoises and many more critters inspire countless 'wows.'

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