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Mount Rushmore Black Hills 7-Hour Scenic Tour with Lunch

This is a 8-hour (not including pickups and drop-offs), all inclusive tour of Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills of South Dakota. On this tour, you will make your way from your northern-most area, Rapid City, and travel all the way to the southern-most point, Custer State Park, while viewing and exploring the top attractions along the way. As you make your way through the Black Hills with Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park and Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, your driver/guide will provide interesting narration, answer questions, and provide you with information of what to do and see at your attraction stops.  *Keep in mind that if staying at a different location, it could be right next door.  Please list your lodging when booking, we WILL respond with the closest meeting location and time frame.   Up to 8 Pick-up & Drop Locations in Rapid City, SD: 1)  Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1314 North Elk Vale Road, 7:10-7:20 am 2)  Cambria Inn & Suites, 3333 Outfitters Road, 7:10-7:25 am 3)  Best Western Ramkota, 2111 North Lacrosse Street, 7:25-7:35 am 4)  Hampton Inn, 1720 Rapp Street, 7:25-7:40 am 5)  America's Best Value Inn, 620 Howard Street, 7:35-7:45 am 6)  Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, 505 North Fifth Street, 7:40-7:50 am 7)  Hotel Alex Johnson, 523 6th Street, 7:40-7:50 am 8)  Comfort Inn and Suites, 915 Fairmont Blvd, 7:45-8:00 am 1 meeting location in Keystone, SD: 1)  Borglum Historical Center, 342 Winter Street, 8:25-8:45 am *Parking lot does have a $5 parking fee, good for full day.  Recommend to park in this area due to 3 hour time limits at other parking areas in the town of Keystone.   Tour highlights:  Black Hills National Forest, Indian Museum of America at Crazy Horse, Native American Indian Educational and Cultural Center at Crazy Horse, Korczaks Studio and home at Crazy Horse, Black Elk Peak, Wildlife of Custer State Park such a buffalo, burros and more, three tight tunnels on Iron Mountain Road w/views of Mt. Rushmore, Pigtail Bridges on Iron Mountain Road, Mt. Rushmore Walking Trail, Sculptor's Studio at Mt. Rushmore, Avenue of Flags at Mt. Rushmore and so much more.   Tour is narrated by an English speaking driver/guide.  Tour vehicle is not wheelchair accessible.  Strongly recommend that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing assistance.  Driver is not to physically lift or assist clients into or out of vehicle.  Pets are not allowed on tour.  Contact Dakota Tours directly if a service animal is riding.  There are several options for your included lunch selection at Carver's Marketplace (Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Food Allergy, etc.).   Dakota Tours reserves to right to make changes to the itinerary whenever, in their sole judgment, conditions warrant or necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the tour.

$295 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Black Hills Hot Air Balloon Ride

A hot air balloon ride is a one-of-a-kind adventure for South Dakota locals and visitors. With over thirty years flying experience, your guide will take you on the only hot air balloon ride adventure offered in the Black Hills.Flying in the beautiful Black Hills is a unique experience. While balloon flights are generally focused over vineyards and farmland, you will fly over some spectacular, rugged terrain on this route, typically in the southern hills. From up high you'll see the Custer Valley and the world-renowned Custer State Park. On certain days if the winds are favorable, you'll be able to see Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. There are mountains, valleys, lakes and prairies to view as you drift along on the morning breeze, and travelers quite often see some unique wildlife that you really don't see in many other places from a balloon! The Black Hills are home to elk, antelope, buffalo and mule deer. If you're really lucky you might even see a mountain lion from the secure gondola! There’s nowhere else in the world where you can witness the same views from a hot air balloon and fly over such a historic and beautiful landscape.

$179 Outdoor Activities

Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Safari Tour from Rapid City

Private Safari Tour This is the one Black Hills guided tour you will want someone else to drive. The switchback roads are narrow with one-way tunnels, pigtail bridges and single lane roads. While driving this is not dangerous, you will need to concentrate on driving, and then you'd miss out on seeing the most iconic sights in the Hills. Free pickup at Rapid City and Keystone Hotels and depart for your safari at 9amTour Mount Rushmore Monument and Crazy Horse Memorial for one hour each and then the top opens. The adventure begins.Drive Iron Mountain Road (4 pigtails bridges-2 divided roads-3 one-way tunnels).  When we stop, you may stand and get exceptional views and photo ops. At Mount Coolidge Lookout (6,000 ft), below in the distance you will see Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Needles and in the far prairie the famous Badlands.Take a slow drive along the Needles Highway (amazing granite spires jutting into the sky). With stops at Needle's Eye, Cathedral Spires and at several turnouts for photo ops . . . and of course the 'best' tunnel in the Hills . . . Tunnel #5. Keep your camera ready there can be wildlife popping up at any time. Stopping mid-day at the beautiful Sylvan Lake for a rest stop and some photos.A picnic lunch is provided at Stockade Lake. (Beer/wine for 21+ guests available On Request) Then it's off to tour the largest State Park in the U.S -- Custer State Park. The tour will then drive the 19 mile Wildlife Loop stopping for photos of wildlife (prairie dogs, deer, elk, antelope, wild burros and more). And don't forget there are over 1,400 North American Bison (buffalo) scattered throughout the parks 110 square miles. When the tour drives up next to a buffalo you can stand and look down on it safely from only a few feet away . . . Fun!After visiting the State Game Lodge (Summer White House for Presidents Coolidge and Eisenhower) and the new Custer Park Information Center you will be returned to your hotel between 6pm and 7pm.

$299 Multi-day & Extended Tours

TWO DAY FALL TOUR SPECIAL - Buffalo Roundup and Northern Hills Change of Colors

DAY 1 - CUSTER STATE PARK  -  BUFFALO ROUNDUP  + Arts Festival September 28, 2018  One of the Top Events in the United States Custer, South Dakota's annual Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival. The Buffalo Roundup is part of Custer State Park's management plan to maintain a healthy balance between the number of bison and the available range land forage. The park can only sustain a certain number of bison, based on the condition of the grassland and how much food is available. The Buffalo Roundup also allows for some of the animals to be sorted out of the herd, they are then sold at an auction in November. After the Roundup (11:00 am) we travel to the State Game Lodge. There for the next three + hours, you can enjoy live entertainment as you stroll the heritage arts and crafts exhibits at the Arts Festival. And Western/Native American entertainment is provided under the big top.  We depart Custer Park at 2:30pm and return to Rapid City about 3:30pm. MEET US FOR PICKUP -6:00am Pickup at Rushmore Hotel (Downtown)6:15am Pickup at Ramkota Hotel (I-90)6:30am Pickup at Fairfield Inn (Watiki Water Park)DAY 2 - SPEARFISH CANYON and the Northern Hills   September 29, 2018 - 9:00am pickup at your hotel lobby - We provide bottled water, fees, snacks and picnic lunch.  (Beer/wine for 21+ guests - On Request)Spearfish Canyon is the Northern Hill's number one natural attraction. A great spot for wildlife enthusiasts, as the diverse array of plant life provides a comfortable home for deer, mountain goats, porcupines and bobcats. It winds through the canyon for nearly 20 miles from the city of Spearfish to Cheyenne Crossing. Built on top of an ancient rail bed, the highway affords visitors views of pristine natural wonders and historical treasures. Near the end of the canyon is the old sawmill town of Savoy. Spearfish Falls is slightly off the beaten path, but well worth the walk. Cascading approximately 60 feet, Bridal Veil Falls is the most accessible waterfall in the canyon. The Falls flows intensely in the spring and slows considerably in late summer and fall. it is located adjacent to a large parking lot to accommodate sightseers. An observation platform has been installed to optimal viewing and photos. Roughlock Falls, a breathtaking multi-tiered waterfall along Little Spearfish Canyon. Pioneers traveling down the canyon used to lower their wagons down the drop by rough-locking the wheels to prevent them from rolling freely - hence the name of the falls. 

$149 Cultural & Theme Tours

Winter Mt Rushmore Safari Tour

This is our most popular and cost effective tour of the Southern Hills. You will tour the most attractions that you can see in one day. We pick you up at your hotel at 9:00am and return between 4 and 5pm.  Included in the tour: fees, bottled water, snacks and lunch.The itinerary is as follows: First, Iron Mountain Road with its Pigtail Bridges and famous One-Way Tunnels. Then to Mount Rushmore . . . the morning light is excellent on the faces. We guide you through the facility, pointing out rest rooms and gift shops. You will hear the history of the monument as we walk through the Avenue of Flags.  You will have time to explore the Exhibit Hall and watch a movie explaining how the Monument was constructed. You will also have time to explore on your own, before meeting back up with the group and continuing the tour.  At Crazy Horse, you will find over 2000 Native American exhibits and you can view an amazing 20 minute movie of how the project came to be. You'll also have time to view the exhibits and explore the gift shop. After a short drive you arrive at Custer State Park, then begin a 20 mile trek along the Wildlife Loop; home to 800 buffalo plus elk, deer, antelope, prairie dogs, and much more.

$150 Cultural & Theme Tours

BUFFALO ROUND UP TOUR!! Once a year Special Event!

We will pick you up at your Rapid City hotel for an early morning start (roughly 6am - to ensure we have a great view within the park) in our Mercedes High-Top Sprinter Van. Our drive to Custer State Park will be just under an hour from Rapid City.  We will have coffee, juice and pastries available while we set up chairs and await the cowboys and bison!  The events of the roundup will finish by about 11am - 12pm.  From there we will make our way to the State Game Lodge to enjoy the food and crafts of the Annual Arts Festival for a few hours, before making our way back to Rapid City in the mid-afternoon (roughly 3pm).

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