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Rapid City: Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Full-Day Tour

1. Rapid City: Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Full-Day Tour

Head out on an 8-hour, all-inclusive tour of the Black Hills of South Dakota. On this tour, you will depart from Rapid City and travel to Custer State Park, while exploring the top attractions along the way. As you make your way through the Black Hills, your driver/guide will provide interesting commentary, answer questions and provide you with information of what to do and see at your attraction stops. Your first destination will be Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Explore the world-famous memorial depicting four of the most prominent presidents of the first 150 years of the United States – George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson. Next, you will discover the 8th wonder of the world at Crazy Horse Memorial. It is the world’s largest mountain carving and is a memorial to all Native American tribes.  Lastly, travel into Custer State Park. It is known for its bison herds and other wildlife. Take in the scenery and marvel at the beauty of the Iron Mountain Road, which climbs 17 miles to the entrance of Mount Rushmore. You will wind over unique wooden bridges known as the pigtails. 

Rapid City: Private Black Hills Monuments Full-Day Tour

2. Rapid City: Private Black Hills Monuments Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a day of sightseeing on this all-inclusive private tour of the main sights of Black Hills. After a convenient pickup from your hotel, travel to the iconic Mount Rushmore National Monument, where you will spend some time hiking. Learn about how the monument came into existence. Next, travel to Crazy Horse Memorial, where you will learn about one of the most important historical figures in the history of South Dakota. Finally, explore the beautiful Custer State Park. See wildlife at incredibly close proximity and enjoy the local flora.

Black Hills: Private Tour of Mt. Rushmore & Flume Trail Hike

3. Black Hills: Private Tour of Mt. Rushmore & Flume Trail Hike

Go on this full-day private tour and explore two famous landmarks of the Black Hills. Enjoy a convenient pick-up from Rapid City, Custer or Hill City and spend your morning learning in-depth details of Mount Rushmore, the Shrine of Democracy, and how the Monument came to fruition. Take great pictures and admire the panoramic views.  Savor a delicious lunch at a location of your choice and spend the rest of the day hiking the Flume Trail which runs downhill from Sheridan Lake Dam to the old gold-mining town of Rockerville.  Hike 3-miles while enjoying the local flora and wildlife. The Flume Trail follows the historic Rockerville Flume, an 1880's gold-rush era water channel used to transport gold.  Listen to the stories your knowledgeable guide can share and learn about the rare history of the Black Hills, the Flume Trail, and the mining boom of the 1880s.  See historic remnants along the way and learn what makes this trail so important to the Black Hills.

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What people are saying about Mount Rushmore

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 45 reviews

We booked a private day tour through Carrie for our first day in Black Hills. We had booked another private tour for the following day with another tour service. Four days before the tour scheduled for the 2nd day, the tour guide cancelled without any options or explanation. When Carrie found out about this, she worked to provide us a tour for us on the 2nd day on short notice. Both days we had Mickey as our guide. She did an excellent job. It was very informative and packed with a lot of fun and interesting things to experience and see. I can't begin to thank Carrie and Mickey enough for their excellent service. I highly recommend Black Hills Private Tours to everyone.

Wonderful tour ! the tour guide Bruce was his first day on the job for 14 years lol Mount Rushmore beyond what the pictures show Crazy horse monument phenomenal. Custer state park lovely would definitely do this again .

Bruce,our driver arrived on time and made sure everyone was safe and well informed during the whole trip. We had an awesome time.

Great tour. The bus driver Bruce was very friendly and helpful. Great experience.

I'm only the travel agent but the client emailed that the guide was excellent!