Nestled between Rapid City and the western border of South Dakota, the Black Hills are an island of beautiful mountains and trees that rise up among prairies and rolling hills. This area first came to life around the 1870´s when early-day prospectors discovered gold while panning in nearby streams.
The Black Hills offers something for literally everyone. There are probably well over one hundred attractions in the vicinity of the Black Hills. Choose from hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mine tours, panning for gold, rock hunting, exploring caves, scenic drives, beautiful parks, national monuments, and much more.
If the Old West interests you, be sure and visit Deadwood to experience some authentic Old West history. Later on, board the 1880 train in Hill City and take a two hour round trip journey back in time.
No trip to the Black Hills is complete without experiencing a chuckwagon supper and show. There are several places to choose from. We´ve been to the Circle B Ranch Chuckwagon Supper and Music Show, and had a wonderful time. The food was good and so was the entertainment. Plus, there were pony rides, gold panning, and other fun for the entire family.
Of course, the top attraction in the Black Hills is visiting Mount Rushmore. This stunning monument is a must see for every family. Carved out of 5725 foot Mount Rushmore are images of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. This magnificent work of art took many years to finish and was completed in 1941. Be sure and visit Mount Rushmore, and while you are there stop by the sculptor´s studio to see some of the models and tools that were used during the carving process.
All and all, the Black Hills is a great choice for any family vacation. The area has so much to see and do, that everyone will have fun, and most of the attractions are very reasonably priced. Have a safe trip, and create some great memories that will last a lifetime!