Best Places To See in The Black Hills

Coming to the Black Hills for a vacation in 2019 is a perfect trip for anyone with a sense of adventure. Wide canyons, tall mountain peaks, and tons of outdoor activities make this area of Wyoming and South Dakota a wonderful place to explore in 2019.

Not only is the area itself beautiful and breathtaking, many 2019 events to be part of during your vacation to the Black Hills. We’ve put together a list of the best attractions in the Black Hills for 2019.

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Top Sights

There are some must-see national treasures in the Black Hills that you won’t want to miss out on. You’ll definitely want to check out the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. As one of the most famous memorials in the country, Mount Rushmore remains the top attraction in this area. It sees nearly 3-million visitors each year. Going to see the giant faces carved in stone is a definite bucket list item and should be a top priority for your Black Hills sightseeing adventures.

And while you’re spending time at Mount Rushmore, don’t forget to check out nearby Custer State Park. There are roads to take you through the mountains and serene lakes, as well as the chance to see plenty of fantastic wildlife.

Additionally, you’ll want to add the Crazy Horse Memorial in Hill City to your list. The more than 500-foot-tall memorial shows the Sioux leader and his horse. The monument was started in 1948 and continues to be under construction. There’s also a nearby visitor center with a small Native American Museum.

Fun Places

One of the best attractions in the Black Hills is an entire historic town. Make your way to Deadwood to relive the days of the Wild West. This area was made largely popular by the HBO series of the same name but was one of the quintessential hotspots for gold mining back in the 1870s.

Today, you’ll find historic attractions, tours, and museums dedicated to the Gold Rush era. In the summertime, you’ll also find a 2019 event dedicated to an old-fashioned shootout and the opportunity to mine for gold yourself.

Another wonderful historical site to check out is the Hill City’s 1880 train. It’s a vintage steam train offering a 2-hour 20-mile round trip ride through the Black Hills, Hill City, and Keystone. You’ll get the chance to see lots of scenic sights of the area, while also learning about the history of the railroad and region itself.

If you’re in the Custer area, you have the opportunity to explore the third-longest cave in the entire world. Spend the day at the Jewel Cave National Monument below the surface of a wonderful nature park. You can explore this area from above or below by taking the Hell Canyon Trail through the underground ecosystem. Here you’ll find calcite crystals, stalactites, and stalagmites, along with other astounding underground structures.


In addition to the wonderful places to see, there are also tons of 2019 events to check out in the Black Hills throughout the year. From the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in January, through the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival in September—there’s something fun to experience all year long. Some of the other top events featured in the Black Hills include the Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August, the Black Hills Powwow in October, and the annual 4th of July Celebration.

There is something to suit every adventurer. Make your way to the grand mountaintops of Black Hills.