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SOUTH DAKOTA

KEYSTONE

  • Custer State Park. 13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730. Phone: (605) 255-4515. A 71,000 acre vacation paradise located south of Keystone. The park features 1,300 free roaming buffalo, the famous Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road. Explore lakes, streams, hiking, biking, and Park Naturalist programs. www.custerstatepark.com

 

  • Wind Cave National Park. 26611 US Highway 385 Hot Springs, SD 57747. Phone: (605) 745-4600. One of the world's longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife are the main features of the park. The cave is well known for its outstanding display of box work, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. http://www.nps.gov/wica/index.htm

 

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial. 13000 Highway Keystone, SD 57751. Phone: (605)574-2523. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is visited by nearly three million people each year that come to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota and learn about the birth, growth, development and preservation of the country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share. http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm

 

  • 1880 Train Black Hills Central Railroad. 103 Winter St. Keystone, SD 57751. Phone: (605) 574-2222.  All Aboard the 1880 Train. It's historic, it's authentic, and it's fun. Travel through the Black Hills from Keystone to Hill City and back again. It's a journey back in time! www.1880train.com

 

  • Big Thunder Gold Mine. 604 Blair St, Keystone, SD 57751. Phone: (605)666-4847. Big Thunder Gold Mine is the most complete historical mining experience in the Black Hills. You can tour an original underground mine and pick up a free gold ore sample. You may also pan for gold either in a creek on a claim or pan for gold and gems on site. Gold is guaranteed. www.bigthundermine.com

 

  • Four Mile Old West Town. 11921 W. Hwy 16, Custer, SD 57730. Phone: 605-673-3905. Experience the old West with tours of the town and melodramas. Reasonably priced chuck wagon food and unique shopping. Free high-noon entertainment. Fun for all ages. Open mid-May into October. Off season by change or appointment. www.fourmilesd.com 

 

  • Keystone Historical Museum. 410 3rd Street, PO Box 177, Keystone, SD 57751. Phone: 605-666-4494. Visit and feel the splendor of the 1890 Victorian Schoolhouse in Keystone! Keystone was developed through the gold rush of the late 1890's. The Historical Keystone Museum houses displays of local Keystone history including mining and the making of Mt Rushmore collectibles. The museum is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10-3. www.keystonehistory.com 

 

  • National Presidential Wax Museum. 619 Hwy 16A, Keystone, SD 57751. Phone: 605-666-4455. Beneath the watchful gaze of Mount Rushmore in the beautiful Black Hills sits the National Presidential Wax Museum. Visitors gain insight into our nation's democracy through life-size, realistic wax figures depicting our country's most shaping experiences in dramatic historical settings. Recapture the spirit of patriotism as you witness the evolution of American democracy represented by all 44 presidents. http://www.presidentialwaxmuseum.com

 

  • Rushmore Borglum Store. 324 Winter St, Keystone, SD 57751. Phone: 605-666-4448. The world of Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of Mt. Rushmore. Make sure your family enjoys the full Rushmore experience. Become part of the carving years. Museum Gift shop - quality selections. Open May through early October.  www.rushmoreborglum.com

 

  • Rushmore Cave. 13622 Hwy 40, Keystone, SD 57751. Phone: 605-255-4384. Explore the stalactite-filled caverns of this amazing natural wonder on a fun and educational cave tour, soar through the sky on the Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride or try your skill at the new Gunslinger 7-D Interactive Theater. You are sure to have a great time, full of affordable family fun while making some great family memories. Open: May-October. Cave Tours every 15 minutes.   www.rushmorecave.com

 

  • Rushmore Tramway & Alpine Slide. 203 Cemetary Road, Keystone, SD 57751. Phone: 605-666-4478. Ride a scenic chairlift to a beautiful mountaintop garden to enjoy waterfalls, thousands of flowers, and a unique view of Mt. Rushmore. The outdoor café there offers salads, mouth-watering burgers, ice cream & ice-cold beer. Chairlift back down or take a sled down the thrilling, twisting, turning 2000 ft. alpine slide.  www.rushmoretramway.com

 

  • South Dakota State Railroad Museum. 222 Railroad Ave Bldg A, Hill City, SD 57745. Phone: 605-574-9000. The South Dakota State Railroad Museum showcases the machinery, the people, the mythology and the pure joy of perhaps the most romantic mode of transportation ever built with railroad memorabilia, scale model trains, and interactive displays for all ages! Located next to the famous 1880 Train in Hill City. www.sdsrm.org

 

 

WALL

  • Lakota Ways. 600 Main Street Wall SD, 57790 . Phone: 605-441-9314. Authentic Indigenous - Northern Great Plains HANDS ON Arts & Culture!  Watch the live performance of the Lakota Story of Fall Star Boy. http://www.lakotaways.com/

 

  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. 21280 SD Hwy 240 Philip South Dakota, 57567. Phone: (605) 433-5552.This historic site interprets the Minuteman II missile defense system and the Cold War. Facilities include retired Delta-09, a launch facility (missile silo) and Delta-01, a launch control facility (command center). http://www.nps.gov/mimi/index.htm

 

  • Wounded Knee The Museum. 207 10th Avenue, PO Box 348 Wall South Dakota, 57790. Phone: (605) 279-2573. This narrative museum educates individuals about history during the time of the Wounded Knee Massacre. Due to a fire, the museum is currently hosted at the Lakota Ways building at 600 Main Street in Wall, SD. http://www.woundedkneemuseum.org/

 

  • Wall Badlands Area Chamber of Commerce. 501 main street Wall, SD 57790. Phone: 605.279.2665. Nestled among the beautiful backdrop of expansive plains and breathtaking views of the Badlands, the town of Wall, South Dakota, offers travelers a chance to experience the traditional values of the west. Wall is a desirable location for community members and tourists alike. http://www.wall-badlands.com/

 

  • Wall City Community Library. 407 Main Street Wall South Dakota, 57790. Phone: 605-279-2929. Hours: Wednesdays: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursdays: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Fridays: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.  http://www.squidoo.com/wall-community-library

 

  • Wall Drug Store. 510 Main Street Wall South Dakota, 57790. Phone: (605) 279-2175. World famous free ice water store. It features a unique two block shopping emporium, a western art Gallery, and a restaurant where you can buy five-cent coffee! The newly remodeled backyard features an anima-tronic tyrannosaurus rex. http://www.walldrug.com/

 

  • Badlands National Park. PO Box 6 Interior SD 57750. Phone: 605-433-5361.The Badlands are a wonderland of bizarre, colorful spires and pinnacles, massive buttes and deep gorges. The forces which carved these features have not only created a unique topography; they have given a strange beauty to this almost desolate land. http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm

 

  • National Grasslands Visitor´s Center. 708 Main Street Wall South Dakota, 57790. Phone:  (605) 279-2125. This one of a kind Visitor Center is located on Wall’s Main Street, just two blocks south of Wall Drug. The exhibit room and theater presentation will tell you the story of the National Grasslands and the staff is here to help you learn about the opportunities, from hiking and biking to wildlife viewing. Following your visit, you can enjoy a National Grassland experience as close as 15 minutes from Wall. http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gjAwhwtDDw9_AI8zPwhQoY6IeDdGCqCP

 

 

RAPID CITY

  • Cosmos Mystery Area. 24040 Cosmos Road, Rapid City, SD 57702. Phone: 605-343-9802. Experience a world where mystery, science, and comedy collide and the laws of nature seem to have gone completely berserk! You can stand on the wall, change height without moving up or down and feel the unexplainable force of the mystery cabin! Allow extra time to excavate and crack open your own geode! www.cosmosmysteryarea.com

 

  • Bear Country USA. 13820 South Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57702. Phone: (605) 343-2290. Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile drive through this unique North American wildlife park nestled on 250 acres of Black Hills beauty. View black & grizzly bears, mountain lions, wolves, elk, cougars, bobcats, buffalo, & more! Located 8 miles south of Rapid City on the road to Mount Rushmore. www.bearcountryusa.com

 

  • Reptile Gardens. PO Box 620, Rapid City, SD 57709. Phone: 800-335-0275. Are you ready to go wild? Then you are ready for Reptile Gardens. This is where you will find the world's most renowned collection of exotic reptiles which includes rare lizards, turtles, snakes, crocodiles, frogs and salamanders. We have rare birds, beautiful minerals, prehistoric fossils and botanical specimens. Open April 1st to November 30th. www.reptilegardens.com

 

  • Storybook Island. 1301 Sheridan Lake Rd, Rapid City, SD 57702. Phone: 605 342 6357. Storybook Island is a fantasy of design, color, animation and music that delights both children and adults. It is complete in every detail with cuddly animals, castles, trains, rainbows live animals, special events, and food concessions. http://storybookisland.org/

 

  • Chapel in the Hills. 3788 Chapel Lane, Rapid City, SD 57702. Phone: 605 342 8281. This replica of the famous 850-year-old Borgund Stave Church in Norway features unique architecture & intricate carvings. Stavekirke combines Norse dragon heads, Christian symbols, pegged construction. Grass-roofed Stabbur welcome center & Log Cabin Museum. Free admission. http://www.chapel-in-the-hills.org/

 

  • South Dakota Air and Space Museum. Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, SD. Phone: 605-385-5189. Museum that displays antique aircraft including planes used in World War II and hot air balloons from the 1930's. http://www.sdairandspacemuseum.com/

 

  • Journey Museum. 222 New York St, Rapid City, SD 57701. Phone: 605 394 6923. The Journey Museum takes you on an incredible trek through time, from the violent upheaval that formed the mystical Black Hills over 2.5 billion years ago to the continuing saga of the Western Frontier. http://www.journeymuseum.org/

 

  • Museum of Geology. 501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701. Phone: 605-394-2467. The Museum of Geology is an exhibit facility that presents an astonishing array of fossils, minerals, and rocks that are representative of the geologic diversity of South Dakota. http://www.sdsmt.edu/Museum-of-Geology/Visit-the-Museum/

 

 

  • Sitting Bull Crystal Caverns. 13745 S. Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702. Phone: 605 342 2777. Let our knowledgeable and friendly guides lead you through the world’s most extensive display of subterranean dog-tooth spar crystal. Visit the famous French Chandelier Room, Crystal Palace and Rainbow Arch. Peer into the still, clear water of Diamond Lake as it reflects the massive crystal ceiling like a giant mirror. http://www.sittingbullcrystalcave.com/

 

  • Call of the Wild Museum. 3851 Eglin Street, Rapid City, SD 57703. Phone:(605) 791-1947. All of the animals on exhibit at Call of the Wild Museum are part of our shared world and the stories they help to tell give us a better understanding of our ecological footprint in nature. The taxidermy mounts are skillfully crafted to show each animal in its truest sense, depicting a realistic pose and expression within the habitat diorama. http://www.callofthewildmuseum.com

 

  • Black Hills Caverns. 2600 Cavern Rd, Hwy. 44, Rapid City, SD. Phone: 605-343-0542. Come see the hills greatest cave adventure. Offering three different tours and gemstone panning. Showing a great variety of cave formations, Black Hills Caverns features: Stalactites, Stalagmites, impressive flowstone boxwork, popcorn, and magnificent frost work formations.  http://www.blackhillscaverns.com/

 

 

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