Western South Dakota

Badlands National Park Badlands National Park- Located about 60 miles east of Rapid City. This area contains one of the world’s richest fossil beds. The park covers 244,000 acres and is open year round. During the summer there are many ranger-led programs. A favorite activity is hiking and there are trails for all ability levels. Trails range from ¼ mile to 10 miles and travel through different landscapes. Biking is another favorite way to enjoy the Badlands.

Flintstone's Bedrock City - Bedrock comes alive in this modern Stone-Age setting of fun-filled buildings and play areas. Tour Fred's Bedrock City. Ride the Flintmobile and Iron Horse Train. See Mt. Rockmore and enjoy the new Flintstone Trio Show. Then romp on the playground's Slideasaurus. A Gift Shop, Drive-in and Campground are also located within the facility.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial - Host to almost three million visitors a year from across the country and around the world. Over the decades, Mount Rushmore has grown in fame as a symbol of America-a symbol of freedom and a hope for people from all cultures and backgrounds.

Crazy Horse Memorial - Features the Crazy Horse mountain carving, the world’s largest sculpture (563' high, 641' long). The huge visitor complex also includes the beautiful Indian Museum, Educational and Cultural Center, the sculptor’s studio-home and workshop, and much more.

Journey Museum & Learning Center - Brings together four major prehistoric and historic collections to tell the complete story of the Western Great Plains - from the perspective of the Lakota people and the pioneers who shaped its past, to the scientists who now study it.

National Museum of Woodcarving - Educational, Entertaining and Unique Works for Everyone. Visitors can enjoy The Wooden Nickel Theater, Over 30 scenes created by an original animator of Disneyland, a Carving Studio, display of many nationally recognized woodcarvers National Museum Gallery, gift shop, snack bar and lots more.

Grand River Museum - Maintains collections devoted to paleontological and cultural aspects of the Grand River region of South Dakota and their goal is to become a regional center of paleontologic and ethnographic studies.

Pioneer Museum - Displays of over 600 historical pieces of original artwork, tapestries, famous prints, and photos of a bygone era are housed here.

Wall Drug - One stop you won't want to miss when traveling in South Dakota. Stop and see us! Have a bite to eat, look at all the memorabilia, enjoy the art gallery, there's shopping galore, have fun with the kids in the big Back Yard.

Rushmore Cave - The area's largest stalactite cave and the closest cave to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. The one hour tour winds through a series of rooms and passages, the most stunning of which is the Big Room. This legendary room contains thousands of stalactites, stalagmites, ribbons, helectites, columns and other breathtaking cave formations.

1880 Train - Located near Mt. Rushmore National Monument and Crazy Horse Memorial, the locomotive offers a western experience like no other. Feel the power. Hear the bellow of the engine and the whine of the whistle as it winds it's way through the scenic hills between Hill City and Keystone... and back again.

Bear Country USA - Features the world's largest private collection of North American Black Bear. You will also encounter wolves, mountain lions, elk, buffalo, deer, bighorn and dall sheep, Rocky Mountain goats and much more all roaming free in their natural habitat.

Four Mile Old West Town - Offers hayride tours which allow visitors to travel through the town site while the guide narrates the way of life your ancestors lived, from the mid 1800’s into the early 1900’s, during the time the when the Black Hills were settled. Walking self-guided tours are also available.

National Presidential Wax Museum - An impressive highlight on any traveler's itinerary. Witness the history of American Democracy from its inception. The entire family will enjoy America's heritage in wax! This unique museum features incredibly realistic, life-sized wax figures of every President of the U.S.

Mammoth Site Museum - Travel back to the time when Ice Age mammoth, camel, and giant short-faced bear roamed the Great Plains of South Dakota.

Wounded Knee Museum - Learn the unforgettable story of the Wounded Knee Massacre. Experience the narrative museum through vivid graphics, numerous photographs and shocking firsthand accounts. Indian gift shop/bookstore.

High Plains Western Heritage Center - The center is a five state regional museum founded to honor the old west pioneers and the Native Americans of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. View fantastic exhibits of Western art, artifacts and memorabilia including the original Spearfish to Deadwood stagecoach, outdoor log cabin, school house, sod house, blacksmith shop and more.

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame - Sturgis is synonymous with motorcycles and the people who love them. Visitors come all year looking for motorcycle-related businesses and attractions - and they get a piece of motorcycling history when they visit Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns - Experience a world unlike any other. Knowledgeable and friendly guides lead you through subterranean, crystalline passages in the Paha Sapa limestone. Marvel at the world's most extensive display of dog-tooth spar crystal. Peer into the still, clear water of Diamond Lake. Visit the famous French Chandelier room, Crystal Palace, and Rainbow Arch.

Black Hills Caverns - A huge cave, with a fantastic variety of formations including Logomites, Stalagmites, Stalactites, Helictites, Rare Frost Crystal, Purple Amethyst, Flowstone, Dogtooth Spar Crystal, Boxwork, Cave Flower, Soda Straw Stalactites, Columns, Draperies, Popcorn Crystal, Nailhead Spar Crystal and many more!

Rushmore Tramway Adventures - Ride up to a beautiful alpine landscape: get off on top to see impressive rock formations, waterfalls, flowers, and panoramic views. Have a cold drink or a bite to eat as you take in the unique view of Mt. Rushmore from this scenic mountain top setting. Breathe in the fragrance of the pines as you take a relaxing stroll through this beautiful Black Hills mountain-garden setting.

Reptile Gardens - Exhibiting the World's Largest Reptile Collection living among rare and beautiful minerals, fossils, and sculptures. The Sky Dome features the nation's first walk-through jungle filled with lizards, crocodiles, harmless snakes, parrots, and hundreds of stunning orchids and tropical plants.

Adams House Museum - The oldest history museum in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Pioneer businessman W.E. Adams built the museum in 1930 as a memorial to his family and to honor the early pioneers that settled the Black Hills. The Adams House, built in 1892, is an elegant Victorian mansion which became the Adams House Museum on July 1, 2000.