South Dakota | Black Hills to Mt Rushmore Itinerary
(Host City: Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP))
Day 1: Rapid City / Sturgis / Deadwood
Day 2: Mickelson Trail / Custer
Day 3: Mount Rushmore / Crazy Horse
Day 4: Wildlife Loop
Day 5: Custer / Hot Springs
Day 6: Hot Springs / Rapid City (departure)
Quotes From the Field:
"I've been to the Black Hills several times, always on a Harley going to or from Sturgis and the big motorcycle rally. Each and every time I go, I come home talking about what a great destination South Dakota would make for an adventure vacation. I finally decided to make it happen!"
Dan Austin - Austin Adventures Founder
Black Hills Vacations
See praries and pronghorns along the spectacular Great Plains of South Dakota
Mention the Black Hills of South Dakota and images of Sturgis, the world’s largest motorcycle rally come to mind. What many don’t
imagine is an oasis of pine-clad mountains and prairie land, abundant wildlife, a world-class national park, and a host of dedicated Rails to Trails bike routes.
...or call 800.575.1540
- Pedal backroads through a sea of open prairie to the historic Old West town of Deadwood
- Follow an abandoned railroad along the Mickelson Trail, traversing countless bridges and rock tunnels
- Hike along the base of Mount Rushmore and visit the famed Crazy Horse Memorial
- Explore the vast underground world of Wind Cave National Park
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South Dakota: South Dakota Family | Black Hills to Mt Rushmore
6 days/5 nightsNights 1 & 2: Deadwood Mountain Grand
This modern boutique hotel, situated on a hill overlooking historic Deadwood, offers comfort in a rustic interior. Relax in the hotel's pool or hot tub, or enjoy a book by the stone fireplace, which stands two-stories tall.
Nights 3 - 5: Sylvan Lake Lodge
Rich in history and natural beauty, Sylvan Lake Lodge holds the designation of Custer State Park's "crown jewel". This property features beautifully renovated lodge rooms and cabins, a lounge, a restaurant and an outdoor veranda which offers breathtaking views. The location of Sylvan Lake Lodge can't be beat, thanks to the design inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. When the original lakeshore resort burned down in 1935, Wright suggested the current location amidst a forest of pine and spruce trees.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go...
1. Deadwood: Explore the historic gambling town where legendary outlaws of the wild west once roamed.
2. Mount Rushmore: Pictures do not do this US landmark justice! See it for yourself and marvel at its magnificence.
3. The Mickelson Trail: The meandering hills, rock tunnels and railroad bridges of this trail make it a biking delight for people of all ages!
4. Wind Cave National Park: At nearly 140 miles long, this cave is now marked as the sixth longest cave in the world!