Vacationing in the Black Hills in South Dakota provide many exciting activities and attractions to keep a week worth of entertainment close at hand. Besides Mount Rushmore, there is the Chief Crazy Horse Monument, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Park, Hill City, Custer, Keystone, Rapid City, Deadwood, Led, Black Hills National Forest, and Wall Drug. Experience the excitement of panning for gold, visiting an actual gold mine, eating on the range with a cowboy excursion, visiting ghost towns and plenty of shopping for souvenirs. A good directory website on the Black Hills area is Black Hill Stop Attractions.com.
The Black Hills area has many locations to camp, numerous hotels and a large selection of small log cabins. The log cabins fill up quickly so book those well in advance of your trip. BlackHillsCabinsforRent.com is an excellent website to locate cabins in the Black Hills area. Several other websites provide good information. A simple search on the Internet for “cabins to rent in the Black Hills” will provide a long list of acceptable locations.
Visit Wall Drug just outside of the Black Hills area in Walls, South Dakota. This small town has an area that is built like an old west town. The sidewalks are made from planks along with the buildings still having many of the old time musical mechanical entertainment. A large six foot rabbit elicits questions from children and is a fun place to have a picture. Souvenirs galore can be purchased from the old west era. If your children are into cowboys and Indians, this is the place to stop.
The Black Hill’s area has a multitude of Black Hill’s gold jewelry for sale for that special someone in your life. Many establishments sell Black Hill’s gold jewelry besides the most common jewelry store. Look in some of the little tourist places along the way to find unique pieces that are one of a kind.
Take the time to drive through Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Park and the Black Hills National Forest. The scenery is fantastic along with the chance to see many of the local animals. Prairie dogs can be seen in many locations. There is even a place to stop and feed them. The land around the viewing area is peppered with prairie dog mounds. It is a very unique and interesting site to see for individuals who are not familiar with the area. Don’t be surprised to see wild buffalo and burros while driving down the road.
All first time visitors need to visit Mount Rushmore. Mount Rushmore is a phenomenal location and the magnitude of the sculptures is fantastic. Take a walk from the main observation deck and actually up to the mountain to see it up close. This was something we did not do the first time we were there. The impact of the size and the realization of how much work went into the carvings are very evident.