Driving through Custer State Park, South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills Travel Planning

Bestowed with great natural beauty, Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills have always been a beloved road trip destination. Pan for gold, visit a vineyard, pet wild burros, or watch a rodeo. Bike, boat, ride a horse, or explore a cave. Hike the highest peak in North America east of the Rockies, or relax in the warm springs of a spa town. It’s all here.

Rio Grande Gorge in New Mexico. Photo © Candacy Taylor.

Route 66 Road Trip: 14-Day Itinerary

This two-week itinerary hits the key highlights on the Mother Road and honors the places that have stood the test of time. Start in Chicago or Los Angeles, and if you run short on time, consider prioritizing the mom-and-pop, off-the-wall places for a true Route 66 experience.

Visitors approach the Avenue of Flags at Mount Rushmore National Monument.

Planning a Visit to Mount Rushmore and the Central Hills

Mount Rushmore and the small cities and tourist industries that grew up around it are filled with sights and activities to delight just about every kind of traveler. It is possible to spend as little as a day here, or a full two weeks and more. Here’s how to plan your time exploring the region.