Your Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills Itinerary
Most travelers spend hours or days trying to figure out the most popular sites and hidden gems to visit. We create detailed itineraries that give you a step-by-step game plan so you can get to the best places at the right times and have a trip your family will remember forever!
Come for Mount Rushmore, stay for the Black Hills! The Black Hills are mountains in a sea of plains. It is the perfect family destination. Everyone needs to see Mount Rushmore at least once in their life. Then head out into the Hills for wildlife, scenic drives, old west towns, and more national parks! There are six national park sites in this area, making the Black Hills a 3-5 day vacation destination. Many stop here for a few days on their way to Yellowstone National Park.
- Mount Rushmore. An iconic American landmark in the Black Hills.
- Crazy Horse. A massive granite carving of a Native American warrior on private land in the Black Hills. Construction is ongoing.
- Custer State Park. A wildlife haven with scenic drives and hiking trails.
- Sylvan Lake. The crown jewel of Custer State Park.
- Deadwood. A historic Wild West town brought about by the gold rush but is still booming.
- Wind Cave National Park. Maze-like cave with rare boxwork formations.
- Badlands National Park. Eroded canyons with layered rock formations containing rich fossil beds.
- Devils Tower National Monument. A majestic monolith considered sacred by indigenous people. Also a popular rock-climbing destination.
- Wall. Famous for Wall Drug, Badlands National Park, and Western charm.
- Rapid City. A gateway to the Black Hills with vibrant arts and a rich history.
- Hill City. Known as “The Heart of the Black Hills” offering a unique dining and shopping experience.
- Keystone. Home to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, but also many more things to do like tour a gold mine or ride the Alpine Slide.
- Sturgis. A biker haven hosting an annual rally with music, bars, and the Black Hills.
- Spearfish Canyon. Lush canyon with waterfalls, hiking, and scenic drives.
- Hot Springs. Bathe in the natural mineral springs or visit the Mammoth Site with the largest concentration of Columbian mammoths in the world.
- Jewel Cave National Monument. Considered the third longest cave in the world containing jewel-like calcite formations.
Plan your trip to the Black Hills in 5 Days with our free email course. It includes things to do besides Mount Rushmore, when to visit, where to stay, the best places to eat, and road trip ideas.
Downloadable Quick Start Trip Planner included!
- How Much Time Do You Need at Mount Rushmore?
- When is the Best Time to Visit Mount Rushmore?
- Mt. Moriah Cemetary (South Dakota): How to Visit & Helpful Tips
- The 1880 Train in South Dakota: Should You Ride It?
- Custer State Park’s Annual Buffalo Roundup: An Honest Review and Helpful Tips from a Local
- Walking to the Top of Crazy Horse: My Experience and Tips for the Volksmarch
- How to Do the Confusing Black Elk Peak Hike in Custer, South Dakota
- Where to Eat IN and AROUND Mount Rushmore
- The Best Places to Eat in Each City of the Black Hills
- Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony: My Personal Experience and Helpful Tips
- Does Mount Rushmore Have a Campground? (Best Campgrounds when Visiting)
- Is Wall Drug in South Dakota Worth Visiting?
- Should You Visit the Reptile Gardens in Rapid City South Dakota?
- How to See Gorgeous Roughlock Falls in Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota
- How to Do the Amazing Devil’s Bathtub Swimming Hole in South Dakota
- What to See While Driving the Needles Highway in South Dakota
- What to See While Driving the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park in South Dakota
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