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Sightseeing Around Mount Rushmore


If you're planning a vacation to Mount Rushmore, sightseeing probably tops your list of 'things to do.' There are plenty of places to stay around the area and plenty of activities.

Here are some sights you won't want to miss in the Mount Rushmore greater area:




For Everyone...




  • Of course, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. And learn the story behind the sculpture by visiting the Borglum Historical Center.

  • Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer will be the largest carved monument in the world once it's complete. This dedication to the Native American people that made the Black Hills their sacred lands is a must-see.

  • Harney Peak is the highest elevation east of the Rockies.




You can see all these sights, plus the famed Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road, on a narrated Mount Rushmore Tour. Add a Chuck Wagon Supper and Show to your tour and enjoy a world-famous chuck wagon supper and the tastes of a genuine Western meal. After dinner, relax to the top-rated country music show and Western comedy. Or The Train and Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony Tour will take you for a 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.




If You Like Cowboys, Indians, or Outlaws...




  • The City of Deadwood was home to Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. The entire town is a national historic site. And you can still play a hand of poker in a Wild West Saloon.

  • One of the most popular spots in Rapid City is The Circle B Ranch. Visiting the Circle B is like going back in time to the Old West. Take a trail ride through the forest in an antique covered wagon or ride a horse like the cowboys of yesteryear. You can pan for your own gold and play horseshoes or a round of miniature golf. Watch a 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.

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




For Couples...




  • Hot Springs is also a 'must-see' destination. There you will find activities such as golf, fishing, hiking and biking. The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is located here as is an 1880's jailhouse.




And don't forget Sturgis!




  • This normally conservative town offers fine dining and shopping until it's time for the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Every year, at the beginning of August, bikers from all over the world come to participate in this world-famous bike rally. If you are visiting the area in August, this is a scene you won't want to miss.
1880 Train: A 19th Century Train Ride Tour
We came out to the black hills for the second time in three years we love it so much. We brought our son and his family with us and signed up for the train ride. Even though we had rain all the time we were there, the train ride was so great. Enjoyed ourselves and my granddaughter was especially thrilled. Saw wildlife along the way and got to meet and talk to interesting people as well. Would recommend highly. Got the pictures taken while on the train ride and we were so glad we did!
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-- Joanne Sabotta - La Salle, IL
Mount Rushmore & Black Hills Tour
I am so glad we did not have to drive some of those roads are self! It was relaxing just to sit back and take in the view and listen to the bus driver fill us in on a lot of different things. Had plenty of time at each stop. Met a few new friends. Enjoyed ourselves greatly.
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-- Roxanna Shoffstall - Lakeview, OH
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
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