Immerse yourself within the third longest cave in the world. With over 195 miles of mapped and surveyed passages, this underground wilderness appeals to human curiosity. Its splendor is revealed through fragile formations and glimpses of brilliant color. Its maze of passages lure explorers, and its scientific wealth remains a mystery. This resource is truly a jewel in the National Park Service. For more information: (605) 673-8300 or www.nps.gov/jeca/index.htm
Majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of this 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. For more information: (605) 574-2523 or www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm
See the Black Hills of South Dakota by vintage steam train! This historical steam train experience is narrated and fun for railroad enthusiasts of all ages! It's an activity like no other in the Black Hills. For more information: 605-574-2222 or www.1880train.com
Sylvan Lake is probably the most recognizable of the five Custer State Park lakes, and a favorite of almost anyone who has seen it. There's a swimming beach and boat rentals where visitors can rent paddle boats, canoes or other watercraft rentals. Fishing is allowed with a valid South Dakota fishing license.
This is where you’ll find the Guinness Book of World Records' largest reptile zoo, stunning gardens, tropical birds, and beautiful minerals! Plenty of fun for kids of all ages with interactive shows, a great gift shop, old west town, and hands on exhibits. For more information: 605-342-5873 or http://www.reptilegardens.com/
Crazy Horse Memorial is the world's largest mountain carving in progress, between Custer & Hill City on HWY 16/385
The Mammoth Site boasts the largest concentration of Columian Mammoths in the world. An indoor active paleontogical dig site and accredited museum open year round. Hands on activities for children and an Ice Age journey for the whole family.
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In 1876, the Wild West town of Deadwood was born when prospectors came across a gulch of dead trees and a creek full of gold. Historic deadwood is just as wild today as it was when legends like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock roamed the streets.They have museums, artifacts, tours, free re-enactments and lots of entertainment just for grownups .