Where to Go
If You Have…
Spend a day visiting Mount Rushmore, the Needles Highway, and Sylvan Lake. Add a day to hike Harney Peak, followed by a trip to Hill City to enjoy the boardwalk shops and art galleries. The best attractions include Reptile Gardens and Bear Country U.S.A.
Add a visit to Crazy Horse Mountain and Custer State Park. Drive the Wildlife Loop, traveling from the State Game Lodge south. Continue south to Wind Cave National Park for a cave tour, and visit the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs.
Slow everything down. Do the Badlands with an overnight stay to enjoy the park at its best at sunrise or sunset. Expand your time in the Northern Hills to include a trip to Spearfish. Visit the D. C. Booth Fish Hatchery and the Termesphere Gallery. Drive down the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.
Spend a night in Custer State Park, dine at the State Game Lodge or the Bluebell Resort. Enjoy horseback riding in the park or a chuck wagon dinner. Add Jewel Cave National Monument to your itinerary.
© Laural A. Bidwell from Moon Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills, 1st Edition