Econo Lodge Mt. Rushmore Memorial
908 Madill St, SR 40 E.
Keystone, SD 57751
Phone: (605) 666-4417
Fax: (605) 666-4343
This world-famous mountain carving by sculptor Gutzon Borglum is one of the United State's most-beloved natural wonders. The 60-foot-tall faces of four of America's greatest presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, look down from their 500-foot mountaintop above the beautiful forests of the Black Hills. While Borglum had originally envisioned the sculpture to include the entire body of each president, budgetary and time concerns forced the sculptor to simply include the heads. The monument has met some controversy due to its location in Lakota land established during the Trety of Fort Laramie. The Avenue of Flags, sculptor's studio and Grandview Terrace, are great vantage points for taking in this marvel.
Sitting Bull Crystal Cave was found by the Duhamel in 1929. Since then this limestone cavern tunnel has been a tourist attraction. Explore this mysterious cave system underneath the Black Hills. Get amazed by the dog-spar crystals and huge crystal ceiling. Check out the Rainbow Arch, Diamond Lake, Crystal Palace and French Chandelier Room. You will surely remember this place for a long time to come.
Aptly named, Hill City is located in the heart of the Black Hills mountain range. Though the region that Hill City would be established in saw the first human settlers as early as 7000 BCE, it was the booming mining industry, mainly tin and gold, in the late 19th Century that saw the beginnings of a proper town settlement. After the collapse of the mining industry, the town almost disappeared off the map. Today, the town is a hot-spot for tourism, and is close to places like Mount Rushmore, the Custer State Park and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, as well as being the venue for several arts festivals. See the website to know more about Hill City.
This astounding park boasts the largest collection of live reptiles in the world, featuring everything from toads to salamanders. It also houses an impressive collection of tortoises, alligators and snakes. Visitors also enjoy a walk-through jungle, animal shows and 40 acres of landscaped grounds. USA Today named this family-attraction one of the “Top 10 Places To Stop the Car and Take A Look.” It is open from April 1-October 30. Admission is $10 for adults; $9.25 for seniors; $6 for children 6-12; free for children under 6.
Named after Lieutenant George Armstrong Custer, the humongous Custer State Park at 71,000 acres is the largest state park in all of South Dakota. Nestled between the Black Hills, this astonishing nature reserve is known for its wildlife like white-tailed deer, mules, antelopes, mountain lions, burros, elks and more. Don't miss out on the 'begging burros' who earned this name for their tendency to approach cars heading to the park, and then beg for food. There are decently equipped camping grounds available in the park, as well as opportunities for fishing, trekking, swimming, biking, kayaking and horse-riding so a visit is in place!
Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Thunderhead Falls are housed within one of the oldest gold mines of the region. Discovered by mine workers in 1878, who were apparently looking for a quartz vein, the falls became an instant hit with the locals. A wonderful sight featuring a great amount ice cold water dropping to approximately 30 feet (9 meters), right in the middle of a deep, dark cavern looks nothing short of magical. Interestingly, the mine which never produced any gold, today produces quite the income for its private owners as one of the most popular tourist spot in the area.
The Crazy Horse Memorial is dedicated to this legendary Oglala Lakota warrior. Crazy Horse was known to have led attacks against several miners in Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming. Due to bad weather, funding and other factors, the memorial depicting the warrior astride a horse is still on its way of being constructed. The project began in 1948, and consists of a monument, the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Cultural Center. Located in Black Hills near Mount Rushmore, this memorial was commissioned by Lakota Elder, Henry Standing Bear, and was to be sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski.
The Ranch Amusement Park is a nice place to take the entire family out. It features go-kart tracks, a mini golf, bumper boat rides, a 25 feet (7.62 meters) climbing wall, kids rides and a refreshment stand.
Children of all ages agree that this family-centered park is a winner. The 37,000-square-foot, two-level maze featuring 1.2 miles of passages, stairways, towers and bridges is challenging and fun. The park also includes a 19-station bank-shot basketball court, roller racers, Maze Mountain, paint ball course, water games and a toddler-sized maze for the littlest explorers. Getting lost has never been this much fun. Admission is charged per individual attraction; call for prices. Check website for varying open hours.
America's favorite Stone Age family comes to life at this fun park/family campground. Kids can play in Flintstone-themed buildings and parks, tour Fred's Bedrock City, ride the Flintmobile, view Mount Rockmore, dine on Brontoburgers and watch the Flintstone Trio Show. The campground overlooks the park. The full-service facility allows you to pitch a tent or park a luxury RV. Showers, laundry facilities, a heated swimming pool and camping cabins are also available. Park admission is $6 per person; children 5 and younger are free. Camping fees vary.
Storybook Island Theme Park is a children's theme park that was established in 1959. The park is themed around famous characters from many children's stories and nursery rhymes. Admission to the park is free.
While exploring Rapid City’s historic downtown area, be greeted by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, George Washington and Bill Clinton. Along the sidewalks is a series of life-sized statues of every President of the United States. This bronze collection commemorates the presidential legacy of the nation while simultaneously making for an interesting public art display among an array of boutiques and restaurants.