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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Monument / Landmark
“The southeastern face of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest is the site of four gigantic carved sculptures depicting the faces of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Led by the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, work on the project began in 1927 and was finally completed in 1941. Over that time period, some 400 workers erected the sculpture under dangerous conditions, removing a total of 450,000 tons of rock in order to create the enormous carved heads, each of which reached a height of 60 feet (18 meters). In sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s original design, the four presidents were meant to be represented from the waist up, but insufficient funding brought the carving to a halt after completion of their faces. Known as the “Shrine of Democracy,” Mount Rushmore welcomes upwards of 2 million visitors every year, and is one of America’s most popular tourist attractions The Evening Lighting Ceremonies are held beginning in late May to September 30th each year. In 2019, due to construction, an approximately 20 minute lighting ceremony will include a ranger talk, playing of the national anthem, lighting of the memorial and a flag folding demonstration.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Park
“The Nature loop drive is a fun time for the whole family. Bring some carrots for a chance to feel wild burrow (donkeys) DO NOT try to feed buffalo. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Museum
“Amazing museums and carving for anyone interested in Native American History. Born in 1840 along Rapid Creek, Crazy Horse rose to become one of the most powerful and most recognized Native American figures of the Lakota Indian Tribe, second only to Sitting Bull. Cemented in history as a Native American war leader and fearless defender of Native American culture, territory and life, Crazy Horse has come to represent the freedom of the Native American spirit and the historic, continuing effort to preserve Native American culture within American society. His is an intriguing and vibrant legacy, inspiring the world’s largest mountain carving, currently in progress, right here in the Black Hills of South Dakota.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Lodging
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“Lunch is such a delicious experience and the veranda is an added treat in the warmer seasons. Dinner has two choices, the size of steak and your beverage. Yum!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful scenery, gorgeous hikes, and when the buffalo are out it's an amazing sight to see! Also, make sure to have carrots because the wild donkeys love to be fed!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“If you are looking for a gorgeous drive and day trip we highly recommend Devil's Tower! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The best breakfast in town! Just get there early to beat the crowd as seating is limited. Head Chef, Ben Klinkel, has really poured his heart into this place and you can tell. The food is exquisite. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Ranked Top Burger Joint in America by Trip Advisor. This place serves an incredible burger from only locally raised beef and bison. A true culinary experience, you'll be happy you made the trek to Custer! ”
  • 21 locals recommend
National Park
“This is the U.S.'s 3rd longest cave behind Mammoth Cave (KY) and Jewel Cave (SD). ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Beautiful drive in the fall when the colors are changing, and lots of waterfalls and little hiking trails. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“Rotating selection of craft beers from around the country. Awesome pizzas; they even have GF crusts. Half price wine on Monday.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Store
“A little out of the way of the heart of the Black Hills, but a very interesting stop. The views in Hot Springs are to do for, and this little town has a lot of history to offer. If you make your way to the Mammoth Site, stop at Evan's Plunge for a dip in this huge natural hot spring swimming pool”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pub
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“They have a speakeasy in the basement and you get the code on their website at murphyspubandgrill.com. This is a unique experience.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Plaza
“Food, fun, music and more! Enjoy the “presidents walk” and take a selfie with your favorite leader!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Winery
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“Experience award-winning South Dakota wines in a fun and relaxed setting. Free wine tastings with a brewery right next door. Menu items including gluten-free, vegetarian and kids' options. Patio seating with beautiful views of Black Elk Peak. What I love about this place, you can sample the wine for FREE!!! The place is family friendly although it is truly more suited for adults! Wild Bill, Calamity Jane, Red Ass Rhubarb and Gold Digger are my personal favorites. Disclaimer, I tend to favor a sweeter wine. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Brewery with a BBQ place across the parking lot that lets you bring the food in or sometimes a wood-fired pizza oven is set up out front. ”
  • 12 locals recommend