Plan Your Visit to South Dakota’s Black Hills

Black Hills Vacations can help you find trip ideas and book vacation packages in the Black Hills based on your interests, travel party and budget. Explore one of the largest concentrations of public and national parks in the region—from massive granite faces of Mount Rushmore to the roaming buffalo of Custer State Park—or get wild in historic Deadwood. Our local travel experts can help you get inspired. For your convenience, we also offer Black Hills Vacation Gift Certificates.

Planning is Simple

Make your
Bucket List

You’ve never wanted to do so much in one vacation destination. Start getting inspired by listing your top sights or get ideas with trip itineraries.

Pick your
Travel Dates

There’s no bad time to visit the Black Hills, but hotels do fill up fast during peak travel in the summer. Due to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, July through mid-August is typically the busiest time of the year. In the winter, the best powder falls December through March.

Consider your Transportation

The Black Hills are central for road tripping or air travel with direct flights through the Rapid City Regional Airport. You may also want to consider a rental car so you can enjoy scenic drives through Custer State Park or take the scenic route traveling from stop to stop.

Find Local Lodging

Choose an area of the Black Hills, Badlands or Wyoming communities for your vacation homebase. It’s helpful to list your must-do attractions first so you can pick a central spot, but everything north to south is still a convenient (and scenic) drive away.

Explore the Region

A Black Hills vacation is central to hundreds of scenic monuments, parks, restaurants and attractions. Start planning your trip by getting the lay of the land – literally. Browse Black Hills maps to pick your perfect vacation spot that’s central to everything you want to experience.

Build Your Black Hills Vacation

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Cross this majestic monument off your bucket list.

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Historic Deadwood

Go west and get wild in this historic mountain town.

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Black Hills Caverns

Explore below the surface in several national and private area caves.

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National & State Parks

See Badlands National Park, Custer State Park and more.

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Black Hills Cabin Rentals

Cozy up with the whole family in a cabin rental or vacation home.

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Crazy Horse Memorial® Tours

Ride a bus to the base of the monument and see history in the making.

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Dig Deeper

Dig up history – plus some pretty impressive bones – at The Mammoth Site.

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Black Hills Native American Culture

From powwows to art, museums and music, learn about the Lakota Sioux.

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Chuckwagon Supper & Show

Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon for a unique pioneer dinner experience.

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Request a Vacation Guide

Black Hills Vacations offers free vacation guides from a variety of communities. Get an insider view of attractions around South Dakota, things to do in Deadwood or a guide to Black Hills campgrounds and cabins. Choose the guide you want, and we’ll send you a printed guide in two to three weeks.

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Hotels, gaming, wild west shoot outs and more – that’s how you Do Deadwood.