With over 3 million visitors a year, there is no doubt that Mount Rushmore National Monument is a popular summertime destination. However, there are a ton of things to do near Mount Rushmore National Monument that should not be missed.
Those unfamiliar with the Rapid City, SD area will likely think that Mount Rushmore is in the middle of nowhere with little else to explore, but that couldn’t be more wrong!
Located near the Badlands of South Dakota, Wind Cave National Park is one of the lesser known of the 60 National Parks in the United States. But in any case, if you happen to be traveling to southwest South Dakota, do yourself a favor and check out this unique park and all it has to offer. You’ll be surprised-there are great things to experience both above and below ground that you won’t want to miss!
The Notch Trail is routinely highlighted as one of the top-rated hikes in Badlands National Park. If you can spare an hour in the heat, you’ll be in for an epic ladder climb, great views of the Badlands and surrounding area from above and the kind of rugged scenery that you expect in Badlands National Park.
If you are looking for a unique place to enjoy the outdoors and create lasting family memories, then look no further thanCuster State Park! These are some of the reasons why we think you’ll fall for Custer State Park, too!
Some arrive at Badlands National Park while passing through the region and have only a few hours to spare. For those just traveling through, the 31-mile Badlands Loop Road offers numerous overlooks and opportunities to stretch your legs and take some amazing photos.