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.
South Dakota’s Great 8
The Black Hills of South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park are bucket list destinations. Together they make for a great American road trip. Explore South Dakota’s Great 8 and Yellowstone with this seven-day trip itinerary.
Native American Culture Tour
Native American culture is rich in the Black Hills. Learn about the heritage of the Great Sioux Nation, as you explore Crazy Horse Memorial®, the Oglala Lakota College, Bear Butte State Park and the Journey Museum.
Spearfish Canyon of Colors
Take in one of the Black Hills’ most colorful locales with this trek through Spearfish Canyon. No matter the time of year, you’ll find beautiful waterfalls, picturesque views, and charming local restaurants and breweries.
Build Your Black Hills Vacation
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Cross this majestic monument off your bucket list.Learn More
Go west and get wild in this historic mountain town.Learn More
Black Hills Caverns
Explore below the surface in several national and private area caves.Learn More
National & State Parks
See Badlands National Park, Custer State Park and more.Learn More
Black Hills Cabin Rentals
Cozy up with the whole family in a cabin rental or vacation home.Learn More
Crazy Horse Memorial® Tours
Ride a bus to the base of the monument and see history in the making.Learn More
Dig up history – plus some pretty impressive bones – at The Mammoth Site.Learn More
Black Hills Native American Culture
From powwows to art, museums and music, learn about the Lakota Sioux.Learn More
Chuckwagon Supper & Show
Hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon for a unique pioneer dinner experience.Learn More
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.
See South Dakota’s great faces and great places with trip ideas in every region.
Hotels, gaming, wild west shoot outs and more – that’s how you Do Deadwood.
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.