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Short Vacation Ideas For Mount Rushmore

 


If you only have time for a short stay in the Mount Rushmore area, you'll want to make the most of your time by hitting all the "must-see" spots. Be sure to choose the perfect place to stay on your short vacation!

 


For everyone...

 


  • You can't visit the area without seeing Mt. Rushmore. Take the 1880s Train and Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony Tour. You'll ride on an 1880 train through the scenic Black Hills for spectacular views that won't be forgotten. After the ride, visit Mount Rushmore at dusk for a patriotic show that bathes the images of our country's greatest leaders in illuminating light.

  • The Journey Museum in Rapid City displays four major collections of prehistoric and historic significance including the dinosaurs, the Lakota people, the pioneers, to present day. Visit the Museum of Geology, Archaeological Research Center, Sioux Indian Museum, Minnilusa Pioneer Museum, and The Duhamel Collection of Native American Artifacts.

 


For the Western lover...

 


  • You'll definitely want to put the Circle B Ranch on your list of places to visit. Visiting the Circle B is like spending a day in the Old West. Choose from an antique covered wagon or horseback and take a trail ride through the forest. Or pan for your own gold, play horseshoes, challenge your family and friends to a round of miniature golf. Watch a Wild West shoot-out and then enjoy dinner in the 1,300-seat Chuck Wagon Barn (where dinner is served on tin plates and tin cups). After dinner, you can enjoy the music and comedy show of the Circle B Cowboys.

  • You'll definitely want to visit Keystone. See the Parade of President's Wax Museum, visit the Big Thunder Gold Mine, and then travel Iron Mountain Road to visit Custer State Park.

  • One stop that should definitely be on your schedule is the Crazy Horse Memorial, the world's largest sculpture. The work on the Memorial began in 1948 and still continues to this day. The memorial also includes the Indian Museum of North America. The memorial and museum are located in Custer.

 


For the nature lover...

 


  • The trails and scenic routes through the Black Hills, the Needles, and other scenic spots in the area will satisfy any nature lover's cravings for beautiful scenery. If you're only going to spend a day or two and would rather do it exploring nature, this is the place.
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1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour
You should go! We made our visit to the mount rushmore area the week before memorial weekend on purpose...To avoid the crowds and the heat. The weather was beautiful for us during that time. We stayed right in keystone, which i would recommend. We stayed at the holiday inn which is walking distance to the train and everything you'd want to see in the town. We are young 60 year olds but the train was filled with a variety of ages and stages in life. It was an enjoyable 2 hour trip back and forth to hill city. I've been on historic trains before but this was by far in the best shape for an old train. We saw little wildlife on our journey, mainly white tail deer, but the scenery was beautiful. We brought our own snacks on the train and ate our lunch once we arrived at the hill city station. The black hills of south dakota are a gorgeous part of the country. Be sure a take a drive on needles highway and through all the tunnels on iron mountain road. They are a must! Also, mount rushmore will definitely not disappoint. It was amazing!!! It makes you feel very patriotic to gaze up at the 4 presidents. We are so glad we made this road trip!
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-- Richard Gray - Herriman, UT
Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD
Very interesting, tour guide ( will) di a great job. He made it very interesting.
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-- Jessica Nordby - Grygla, MN
Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD
Nice! The tour of the mine was better than i thought it would be. My brother, wife and nice raved about it all the way home!
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-- Virginia Donaldson - Broomfield, CO
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