South Dakota – Stops on the Way

South Dakota is your gateway to Wild West heritage, hot springs, geologic wonders, and presidential history. Experience cowboys, wild west, and American history in South Dakota.

Downtown Deadwood, S.D.

5 Black Hills Towns to Base your South Dakota Vacation

The western corner of South Dakota is filled with a string of quaint, charming towns that light up during the summer.

Mount Rushmore near Custer, S.D.

8 Places that Make You Feel Welcome in Custer

Stay in a teepee, treehouse, campsite or hotel near Mt. Rushmore and rent an ATV or kayak for your adventure.

Exhibit at the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center in Chamberlain, S.D.

Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center in South Dakota

Move clockwise through the museum from pre-European to "Two Worlds Meet" to "Broken Promises" and finally "Continuity and Change."

The Johnny Spaulding Cabin at the Tri-State Museum in Belle Fourche, S.D.

America's Center Point

Belle Fourche, S.D. is the geographical center of the U.S. and home to Old West History.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota

Black Hills Vacations Central Reservations

Talk to Black Hills Vacations for help planning your trip, including Mount Rushmore, Historic Deadwood and South Dakota national park vacations.

Abraham Lincoln, one of 42 bronze statues scattered on street corners throughout Rapid City, S.D.

Closest Airport to Mt. Rushmore is in Rapid City

Fly into the City of Presidents at Rapid City Regional Airport for the most direct route to the Black Hills, Badlands National Park and Mt. Rushmore.

Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Standing Bear in front of a scale model for the rock carving.

Crazy Horse Memorial is a Labor of Love

Near Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, another rock carving in process honors Crazy Horse, the legendary Lakota leader, and his people.

Wild bison in Custer State Park

Custer is South Dakota's Yellowstone

Basecamp in Custer for incredible access to these 7 legendary Black Hills sites including a park where 1,300 bison roam free.

The Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride

Feel the Rush at Rush Mountain Adventure Park

Spend the day doing adrenaline-filled activities for nearly every age including a coaster, zipline ride, 7-D interactive ride, challenge course and cave.

Motorcycling in Vanocker Canyon near Sturgis, S.D.

Find More Than the World's Largest Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis

Learn the history of the town’s famous motorcycle rally, but also explore it's outdoor recreation and cultural arts scene.

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Keystone, SD - Gold Mining, Presidential History, and Carrie Ingalls

Learn about gold mining at the “Home of Mount Rushmore” and truly a “City of Gold.” The quaint town of Keystone is steeped in gold mining history.

Historic building in Deadwood, S.D.

Let the Good Times Roll in Deadwood, S.D.

Listen to live music, walk in the footsteps of Western legends, watch re-enactments and try your luck in gaming halls in this town full of wild history.

Mammoth Site South Dakota

Mammoth Site in South Dakota

The world’s largest mammoth research facility. Mammoths and other megafauna got trapped in a sinkhole and drown about 26,000 years ago.

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Rapid City, SD - Cowboy and Native American Heritage

Rapid City has long been considered one of the gateways to the West, and its rich cowboy and Native American heritage are the result.

The 1880 Train in Hill City, SD.

Ride Hill City's 1880 Train through the Heart of the Black Hills

All aboard! Enjoy a 2-hour, 20-mile ride aboard an authentic steam train between Hill City and Keystone

Aerial Adventure Park. Photo courtesy of Rushmore Tramway Adventures

Rushmore Tramway Adventures in Keystone, South Dakota

Outstanding collection of outdoor adventures: alpine slide, scenic chairlift, aerial ropes courses, and the breathtaking new Pinnacle Zipline Tour.

Don't leave Wall Drug before you take a selfie on the jackalope.

Stop at Wall Drug in South Dakota

If it wasn’t for ice water, Wall Drug may have just been another casualty of the Great Depression.

Bison herd in South Dakota's Custer State Park

Tatanka: Story of the Bison Near Mt. Rushmore

Learn about the Northern Plains peoples and the role bison have played in North America when you visit this interpretive center founded by Kevin Costner.

Hot springs pool at Moccasin Springs in Hot Springs, South Dakota

Top 6 in South Dakota's Hot Springs

Hot Springs is home to the world-famous Mammoth Site, a Wild Horse Sanctuary, Evans Plunge, Wind Cave National Park, and a watery oases.