Things to do in the Mount Rushmore area of South Dakota

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Mount Rushmore Audio Tour
The Mount Rushmore National Monument welcomes about 3 million visitors each and every year. An audio tour is a great way to get in-depth information 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. 

Visit the famous Mammoth SSite 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!

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! 
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This guided tour takes up to nine hours and is fun for the entire family. The guests will tour on a luxury bus and includes all of the historic sights in Keystone, SD. Guests are welcome to bring cameras.
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Breathtaking Views on the Southern Black Hills on Bike Tour
On this 8- hour Black Hills bicycle tour, we hit some of the hills best gems: Sylvan Lake, Needles Highway, Iron Mt. Road, and Mount Rushmore.
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Gorgeous Views with the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Safari Tour
This tour is ideal for visitors wanting to travel at their own pace and learn about some of the nation’s most famous monuments including Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Custer State Park.
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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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Hop on board this fun train journey which takes guests on a scenic ride that will never be forgotten. The train is a restored 1880's engine, and passengers will be taken through the beautiful Black Hills all the way to Mount Rushmore.
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18 holes of realistic mini-golf takes players up a steep South Dakota hillside and back down for a complete experience through multiple types of turf, sand traps, waterfalls, and obstacles with varying levels of difficulty.
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History is one of the most fascinating subjects known to man and now you can take a journey through history when you visit the National Presidential Wax Museum and you can take a trip back through time.
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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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