Exploring the Badlands & The Black Hills is a ‘monumental’ adventure. Besides iconic Mount Rushmore, you’ll find Badlands National Park, with stark, almost surreal terrain that has been called a masterpiece of natural sculpture, Custer State Park’s 72,000 acres flush with abundant wildlife, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave National Park and Devils Tower. Head over to the Black Hills and you’ll find 5 million acres of forest and mountain lands – an oasis in a sea of prairie. The region’s vastness is only exceeded by the fun you and your family can discover on your Badlands & Black Hills vacation.
The Badlands & Black Hills are guaranteed to deliver a big dollop of surprise and delight. Why you might ask? Well, it ticks just about all the boxes for a perfect vacation – especially if you enjoy Native American and pioneer history, wildlife, geology, dinosaurs, hiking, climbing, paddling, riding, cave touring, stargazing… and that’s just for starters. Want to get a sense of what life was like in the days of the wild west? Then head to Deadwood, reached by a scenic drive through Spearfish Canyon from Rapid City, known as the ‘City of Presidents’ with life-size bronze statues along the city’s streets and sidewalks. And don’t forget the region’s nighttime specialties – stargazing at Badlands and the evening lighting ceremony at Mount Rushmore. With a short film and song, followed by an invitation for the veterans in the audience to go onstage before the flag is lowered – it’s a very stirring experience that is a fitting capstone to a Badlands & Black Hills vacation.