The Black Hills includes everything you’ve read so far, and because there’s so much there, I wanted to break it up into a few separate posts. There is simply no way to explain everything in one. For a place you might never have heard of, there sure is a lot to do!
Although our recent trip doesn’t quite match this post, I thought it might be fun to condense things into a shorter adventurer. Some of the things in this post we did on the trip, and other items we didn’t have time for.
Let’s say you have 4 days (3 nights), and you fly into Rapid City. Well, what should you do?
One of the great aspects of this area of the country is the land. Luckily, much of it is protected in some form by the National Park system, and you’d regret not seeing at least some of it. If you’re in the area, be sure to explore some of the great parks and monuments South Dakota has to offer. If you have the time, you can even head over to Wyoming for Devil’s Tower or Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons farther west.
We didn’t stop at all of the places I’ll mention, but we managed to see most of them during our week-long trip!
We were in South Dakota for 8 days (including travel). It’s refreshing to stay a bit longer in one place, after fast trips this year to Austin, Baltimore, and Costa Rica. I’d say a week for one area is fine, any less than that and it’s tough to not feel cramped. Of course, if you have longer than a week to explore an interesting place, you should absolutely go for it!
We spent a decent chunk of our time in Custer. Whether we stopped for a quick breakfast on the way to the lake, or drove through Custer State Park looking for the bison herds, it’s a town you’ll want to put on your South Dakota list too.