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The '''Badlands and Black Hills''' are part of [[South Dakota]].
 
The '''Badlands and Black Hills''' are part of [[South Dakota]].
  
==Regions==
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[[Image:Mountrushmore.jpg|noframe|250px|thumb|right|Mount Rushmore National Memorial]]
*[[Badlands]]
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*[[Black Hills]]
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==Cities==
 
==Cities==
 
*[[Wall (South Dakota)|Wall]]
 
*[[Wall (South Dakota)|Wall]]
 
*[[Rapid City]]
 
*[[Rapid City]]
*[[Sturgis]]
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*[[Sturgis]]  
 
*[[Deadwood]]
 
*[[Deadwood]]
*[[Spearfish]]
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*[[Spearfish]]  
*[[Lead]]
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*[[Lead, South Dakota|Lead]] — Deadwood's Twin City, home to the Historic Homesake Gold Mine
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*[[Custer]]
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*[[Hill City (South Dakota)|Hill City]]
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*[[Belle Fourche]]
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*[[Kadoka]]
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*[[Lemmon]]
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
  
 
* [[Badlands National Park]]
 
* [[Badlands National Park]]
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* [[Black Hills National Forest]]
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* [[Jewel Cave National Monument]]
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* [[Minuteman Missile National Historic Site]]
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* [[Mount Rushmore National Memorial]]
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* [[Wind Cave National Park]]
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* [[Bear Butte State Park]]
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* [[Custer State Park]]
  
 
==Understand==  
 
==Understand==  
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==Talk==  
 
==Talk==  
  
==Get in==
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==Get in==
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===By plane===
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From the sky, you will likely have only one viable option for a point of entry: '''[[Rapid City]] Regional Airport''' {{IATA|RAP}}. Flights arrive regularly from [[Denver]], [[Chicago]], [[Salt Lake City]], and [[Minneapolis]], as well as a twice weekly nonstop from [[Las Vegas]].
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===By car===
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Without a car, you won't go far. '''I-90''' is the sole interstate in the region, running east-west, skirting Black Hills NF and Badlands NP to the north, and passing through [[Rapid City]]. It goes on to [[Sioux City]] in the east, and west to [[Wyoming]] to connect with I-25, which leads south to [[Denver]].
  
 
==Get around==  
 
==Get around==  
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==See==
  
==See==
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The main sights are indisputably the cyclopean sculptures at [[Mount Rushmore National Memorial]] and the embryonic [[Custer|Crazy Horse Memorial]], both of which are right by [[Custer]]. [[Wind Cave National Park|Wind]] and [[Jewel Cave National Monument|Jewel]] Caves, as well as [[Badlands National Park]] are also well worth a visit. But if you are here to just snap photos of a few main attractions, you are going to miss the point. This is beautiful, big, wild country, and to appreciate it, you'll need to spend days driving or hiking around to take in the glorious scenery, gawk at wildlife, wonder at the night stars, and enjoy the fresh, clean air.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
  
*Drive through "Bear Country USA", a "drive-inn zoo" containing many animals you otherwise would not want to be in proximity to.
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*Drive through "Bear Country USA", a "drive-through zoo" containing many animals you otherwise would not want to be in proximity to.
 
*Hike or at least check out the incredible Badlands.
 
*Hike or at least check out the incredible Badlands.
 
*Ride down Highway 16, off of which are conveniently located many of the area's numerous attractions.
 
*Ride down Highway 16, off of which are conveniently located many of the area's numerous attractions.
 
*Tour the local highways, which can be very scenic in nature.
 
*Tour the local highways, which can be very scenic in nature.
*Visit and enjoy Evan's Plunge in Hot Springs, a mini-waterpark fed by...hot springs.
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*Visit and enjoy Evan's Plunge in Hot Springs, a mini-water park fed by [[Hot springs | hot springs]].
 
*Visit the area's most famous attraction, Mount Rushmore.
 
*Visit the area's most famous attraction, Mount Rushmore.
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*Visit the Mammoth Site
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*Watch the Old West Shoot-out in Hill City
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* '''Horseback riding and camping [http://bittersweetranchcamp.com]''' soak in the beautiful scenery in the heart of the Black Hills.
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*<do name="Circle View Ranch" alt="" address="20055 E. Highway 44  " directions="" phone="605-433-5582" url="http://www.circleviewranch.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">South Dakota Hotels: Circle View Ranch, Hotel near Rapid City SD. Circle View Ranch offers the best and most unique view in South Dakota. Our 3,000 acre ranch is located just 6 miles from the heart of Badlands National Park and 1 hour east of Rapid City and the Black Hills.</do>
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*'''Safari Style Tours-''' '''''Black Hills Open-Top-Tours''''' offer convertible top tours including convertible top vehicles for those with physical disabilities (605-644-6736) blackhillsopentoptours.com
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*<do name="Grand Magic Show" alt="" address="370 West Mt Rushmore Rd., Custer, SD" directions="" phone="406-291-2004" url="www.grandmagicshow.com" hours="7:30 pm" price="19.95 for adults, $9.95 Teens one child free per paid adult extra child $5.00" lat="" long="">The Grand Magic Show is a professional illusion show performed by Duane Laflin and his assistants.  It is family entertainment.
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Duane is internationally known and has received many awards.  While you are watching the show you might think that you are in the city.</do>
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==Eat==  
 
==Eat==  
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* The Alpine Restaurant in Hill City -- Dinner menu is limited: Small or Large Filet Mignon.  Be sure to save room for dessert!
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* The Hitchrail Bar and Restaurant in Pringle -- See a true small town watering hole.
  
 
==Drink==  
 
==Drink==  
  
 
==Get out==  
 
==Get out==  
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There are also badlands across the border, around [[Drumheller]], [[Alberta]].
  
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Latest revision as of 18:49, 29 July 2013

The Badlands and Black Hills are part of South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Cities[edit]

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Talk[edit]

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

From the sky, you will likely have only one viable option for a point of entry: Rapid City Regional Airport IATA: RAP. Flights arrive regularly from Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis, as well as a twice weekly nonstop from Las Vegas.

By car[edit]

Without a car, you won't go far. I-90 is the sole interstate in the region, running east-west, skirting Black Hills NF and Badlands NP to the north, and passing through Rapid City. It goes on to Sioux City in the east, and west to Wyoming to connect with I-25, which leads south to Denver.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

The main sights are indisputably the cyclopean sculptures at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the embryonic Crazy Horse Memorial, both of which are right by Custer. Wind and Jewel Caves, as well as Badlands National Park are also well worth a visit. But if you are here to just snap photos of a few main attractions, you are going to miss the point. This is beautiful, big, wild country, and to appreciate it, you'll need to spend days driving or hiking around to take in the glorious scenery, gawk at wildlife, wonder at the night stars, and enjoy the fresh, clean air.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Drive through "Bear Country USA", a "drive-through zoo" containing many animals you otherwise would not want to be in proximity to.
  • Hike or at least check out the incredible Badlands.
  • Ride down Highway 16, off of which are conveniently located many of the area's numerous attractions.
  • Tour the local highways, which can be very scenic in nature.
  • Visit and enjoy Evan's Plunge in Hot Springs, a mini-water park fed by hot springs.
  • Visit the area's most famous attraction, Mount Rushmore.
  • Visit the Mammoth Site
  • Watch the Old West Shoot-out in Hill City
  • Horseback riding and camping [1] soak in the beautiful scenery in the heart of the Black Hills.
  • Circle View Ranch, 20055 E. Highway 44, 605-433-5582, [2]. South Dakota Hotels: Circle View Ranch, Hotel near Rapid City SD. Circle View Ranch offers the best and most unique view in South Dakota. Our 3,000 acre ranch is located just 6 miles from the heart of Badlands National Park and 1 hour east of Rapid City and the Black Hills.  edit
  • Safari Style Tours- Black Hills Open-Top-Tours offer convertible top tours including convertible top vehicles for those with physical disabilities (605-644-6736) blackhillsopentoptours.com
  • Grand Magic Show, 370 West Mt Rushmore Rd., Custer, SD, 406-291-2004, [3]. 7:30 pm. The Grand Magic Show is a professional illusion show performed by Duane Laflin and his assistants. It is family entertainment. Duane is internationally known and has received many awards. While you are watching the show you might think that you are in the city. 19.95 for adults, $9.95 Teens one child free per paid adult extra child $5.00.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Alpine Restaurant in Hill City -- Dinner menu is limited: Small or Large Filet Mignon. Be sure to save room for dessert!
  • The Hitchrail Bar and Restaurant in Pringle -- See a true small town watering hole.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Get out[edit]

There are also badlands across the border, around Drumheller, Alberta.

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