Things to do in the Mount Rushmore area of South Dakota

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Additionally, it sees thousands upon thousands of visitors each year. The monument is cared for by the National Park Service, who comes together to serve the park and make it one of the most lovely places to visit in the nation. The monument itself depicts the faces of some of the most notable historical figures in our history. See Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt, the Presidents at Mt Rushmore, and the glorious awe inspiring murals, gardens, and outdoor scenic views at the landmark. This place is well worth a visit just to see the statue, but of course there are other National Historic site options in the area including cave formations and Evans Plunge Mineral Springs. Check out these awesome things to do in Mount Rushmore! 

Mount Rushmore Audio Tour
The Mount Rushmore National Monument welcomes about 3 million visitors each and every year. An audio tour is one of the great things to do around Mt Rushmore and gives plenty of info about the site while exploring at your own pace. With the Mount Rushmore Audio Walking Tour that we offer, you will be given a wand-like device with numbers on it and you can enter the stop number that you are at and hear the narration. It includes interviews, music, sound effects, and historic recordings of Lincoln Borglum, Gutzon Borglum, and American Indians and workers. You won't get any of this information by just walking around the park on your own.
 
Cosmos Mystery Area

The Cosmos Mystery Area was discovered on accident. In 1952, two boys in college were searching the forest of Black Hills in search of the perfect spot to build a cabin for summer adventures. While searching, they stumbled upon this amazing area. They realized what they had found and experimented with the area, seeing what else they could find. The next year, they opened up their findings to the public; the old cabin and the surrounding area have been blowing minds since 1953. Here, you can see water running uphill, you can stand on walls, and you can test physics. 

Bike Tours
Biking is a great way to not only get exercise, but to also connect with nature and your surroundings in a more personal way. The 8-hour Southern Hills Bike Tour is a great way to not only see the Black Hills but to truly experience them. You'll ride along and see the most beautiful sights in the area: Sylvan Lake, Iron Mountain Road, Needles Highway, and Mount Rushmore. The price includes your bike, helmet, and lunch! Don't just see the Black Hills, experience them.

Mammoth Site
Visit the famous Mammoth Site of Hot Springs. In 1974, a heavy equipment operator was leveling ground for a new housing development site in Hot Springs, South Dakota. The crew got more than they bargained for with their excavating; not only did they find dirt, but they found mysterious bones. Experts were brought in to look at the bones and they began to excavate on a more archeological level. Tusks, teeth, and skull fragments were found and it was then realized that this 14-acre area was a mammoth graveyard. Visit the site and take a trip back in time!

1880 Train
Experience travel the way it was in the 19th-century with the 1880 Train, a completely restored authentic steam engine train, as you explore the beautiful Black Hills area of South Dakota. You are able to depart from either Hill City or Keystone and enjoy a relaxing ride through the trees. You'll pass Good Luck Tungsten Mine, which flourished during both World Wars, and Bob Ingersoll Mine, a mine that produced a remarkable variety of minerals including feldspar, mica, and tourmaline. You will also see Tin Mill Hill, the site where Harney Peak Company placed a giant tin processing plant and views of Black Elk Peak. The schedule very flexible so it will work well with every vacation! 

Check out all of the fun things to do at Mount Rushmore. Check out the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish, camping opportunities, and all of the climbing, amphitheater productions, and centrally located attractions offered on the road to Mount Rushmore. If you are looking for what to do around Mt Rushmore, these activities are all great options. 

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This attraction which is located in the heart of South Dakota, allows visitors to step in the shoes of a prospector from the late 19th century. Discovered in 1892, guests are encouraged to try and pan for gold and other riches.
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You will take a tour on one of the worlds largest museums of mammoth remains, which were discovered and are preserved in an old sinkhole. The museum is located in South Springs, South Dakota.
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With wand in hand, head phones, and a map and brochure, take a self-guided tour around the park and stop to listen about spots of interest or listen to the complete tour at a leisurely pace.
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The Custer State Park Private Safari and Hiking adventure is bound to be an amazing time! You and your loved ones will be able to see some of the most notable landmarks in the country while enjoying a fun time.
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The Private Tour of Mt Rushmore & Flume Trail Hike provides an awesome way to explore the monuments of the area in a fun and exciting way!
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The Badlands National Park Private Tour is a monumental way to see some of the hottest landmarks in the United States. Book it today for an unforgettable adventure!
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See the most iconic monuments and landmarks in the Black Hills with this Private Black Hills Monuments Full Day Tour. This eight hour adventure gives visitors an extensive look at the area.
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For those wanting to enjoy fun sightseeing with exercise and thrilling adventure, the Mickelson Trail 20 Mile Private Bicycle Tour is sure to be a blast! See some notable landmarks while enjoying this fun journey.
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Embark upon the Pactola Lake: Private Kayak or Paddleboard Experience to visit the area in a brand new and exciting way.
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