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Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills National Forest (Self Drive)

This sample price: for arrival on 1/1/1900, departure from . Choose your own departure city and dates.

This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.

South Dakota with its ranchland areas and rolling prairies give way to the dramatic Black Hills National Forest and its historical monuments. With this Self-Drive discover these main attractions, visiting: The "City of the Presidents"; Rapid City (the "Gateway to the Black Hills", known for its proximity to national parks and nearby cave mountains) and Black Hills National Forest (one of the most road-built national forests in the country, with rugged rock formations, canyons, grasslands, streams, lakes and unique caves. This place its locate short miles from Mount Rushmore. Entrance to national parks is not included. Plan your visit according to your schedule and be sure to check each park's operating hours. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

This 6 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Flight into and out of Rapid City
  • Rental Car for 6 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Rapid City
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Black Hills National Forest
  • Driving Time
    Rapid City - Black Hills National Forest: 55 mins. approx.
    Black Hills National Forest - Rapid City Airport: 1 hr. approx.

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  • Rapid City, SD

  • Blackhills National Forest, SD

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1 Rapid City, SD
2 Blackhills National Forest, SD

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Trip Summary

  • Rapid City, SD

    Rapid City is one of the gateways to Mount Rushmore National Park and Black Hills National Forest. It is called `the City of Presidents`: statues of all the U.S. presidents are on display in the downtown area. It is a regional hub for arts and culture, and the city is home to two dozen museums, art galleries, and theaters. It is also adjacent to Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the Old West town of Deadwood.

    Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
    Must See`s:
    The Journey Museum and Learning Center, Museum of Geology, Art Alley, The City of Presidents Walk, Dahl Arts Center, Berlin Wall Memorial, the Chapel in the Hills, Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore National Park, Deadwood, Badlands National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and so much more!

  • Blackhills National Forest, SD

    The topography on display throughout the sprawling Black Hills National Forest is simply breathtaking and should not be missed. Some of the nation`s best known natural landmarks are found in the sprawling 1.25 million acres forest, including sights of the massive Mount Rushmore National Memorial. There are 30 campgrounds, 26 picnic areas, 11 reservoirs, 1,300 miles of streams, 13,000 acres of wilderness, and 353 miles of hiking trails nestled within the Forest leading to endless outdoor activities, adventures, and amazing opportunities.

    Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
    Must See`s:
    Chapel in the Hills, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, Custer State Park, Black Elk Peak, Needles Highway, Wind Caves, Spearfish Canyon, and os much more!