Your Family Vacation Begins in the Black Hills
These are the legendary Black Hills of South Dakota, an oasis of pine-clad mountains on the Great Plains. The mountains and forests of the Black Hills include a treasury of six national parks. 101 miles of National Scenic Byways. Waterfalls. Watchable wildlife. Acclaimed recreational trails. Trout fishing, Old West landmarks like Deadwood and Wounded Knee. Seventy fun-filled attractions for boys and girls, parents and grandparents.
Badlands National Park is famous for its deep gorges and sharp lunar-like spires. The Crazy Horse Memorial is being carved forever into the Black Hills granite. It's still a secret that the second-longest cave in the world, Jewel Cave, is in the Black Hills. The region enjoys unmatched brand of Old West history, with legendary names like Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, General George A. Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Jim Bridger and Jedediah Smith.
Let this information-rich website help you plan and book an exciting Black Hills vacation. Plan plenty of time, because you'll discover there is more to do in the Black Hills than you think. It's Beyond All Expectations!
Few attractions stir the emotions of visitors the way Mount Rushmore does. Since its completion in 1941, it has joined the Statue of Liberty and the Stars & Stripes as one of America's most inspiring symbols of democracy.
Badlands National Park
The Lakota gave this its name, "mako sica," meaning "land bad." Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. It is desolation at its truest, where you can look for miles and see no sign of civilization.
Devils Tower National Monument
A unique and striking geologic wonder steeped in Indian legend is a modern day national park and climbers' challenge. Devils Tower sits across the state line in northeast Wyoming. The tower is a solitary, stump-shaped granite formation that looms 1,267 feet above the tree-lined Belle Fourche River Valley, like a skyscraper in the country. Once hidden below the earth's surface, erosion has stripped away the softer rock layers revealing the Tower.
Camping in the Black Hills is like no other. You can listen to the gentle lapping of waters against the shore of a sparkling mountain lake. Awaken to the sun warming a Badlands mesa. Drift off to sleep to the sound of the wind softly sifting through stately ponderosa pines. Outdoor living in the Black Hills of South Dakota is superb!
Things To Do
See large herds of buffalo, wild mustangs and burros. The world's largest collection of reptiles. Choose from six theme and amusement parks. Witness the unearthing of prehistoric mammoths and visit dinosaur exhibits. See Old West shootouts. Take in a cowboy supper and music show. Famous indoor and outdoor theaters. Authentic cowboy, pioneer and Native American heritage. Explore a cave, underground gold mine, or view our incredible wonders from a helicopter or a tramway.