There’s so much to do in the Black Hills – it can be tough to know where to start, and to make sure that you see all of the history, scenic beauty, and gorgeous landscapes that this unique area has to offer.
If you’re staying at Executive Lodging, we’re here to help! We’ve got years of experience recommending the best trips in the area! Check out this quick list of our favorite day trips in the Black Hills, or browse our other blog posts to read more about the activities and recreational options available to you!
Mount Rushmore is a must-see when you’re in the Badlands, and it makes for a perfect day trip. It’s only about 60 miles south of our location at Deadwood, so you can make the trip in a flash! When you’re there, you’ll have quite a bit to do, as well! With over 3 million tourists visiting per year, Mount Rushmore has a lot to offer!
You can enjoy the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour, visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center & Museum, or take in a show at the Amphitheater! You can even use the Presidential Trail to get up-close-and-personal with the Presidents – and enjoy food and drink options like the Carvers Cafe.
Devil’s Tower was the first National Park in America, and it’s still one of the unique sights to be seen in the Black Hills and the Badlands. It’s about 70 miles away from Executive Lodging, in eastern Wyoming.
Devils Tower is a one-of-a-kind geological marvel – a stump-shaped granite protrusion that soars 1,267 feet above the surrounding pine forest. You can attempt to climb up the Tower (experienced climbers only!) or enjoy the Tower Trail or The Red Beds Trail, both of which offer ample wildlife spotting opportunities.
Custer State Park
Custer State Park is about an hour and a half away from Executive Lodging, 70 miles to the south. Here, you can enjoy one of the largest selections of wildlife that can be spotted anywhere in the Black Hills.
Custer State Park is a world-renowned wildlife area, with enormous bison herds, incredible fishing lakes, mule deer, eagles and other birds of prey, coyotes, elk, wolves, and dozens of other animals.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
If you’re a real history buff, you’ll love this unique museum – it’s the first place in the world to commemorate The Cold War. This decommissioned missile silo offers a truly unique museum experience, allowing the public to view an actual underground missile silo, and view the control center as it would have been during the cold war in the 1960s and 1970s.
With both self-guided tours and guided tours available, you can choose how you’d like to experience this unique period of our history!
Drive about 45 minutes south of Executive Lodging, and you’ll be able to enjoy Mickelson Trail – a 105-mile trail that runs throughout the Black Hills, and is perfect for family bike rides.
With over 14 trailheads, dozens of unique attractions along the way, and bike rental shops conveniently located near the trail, you and your family are sure to have a wonderful time riding through this gorgeous, scenic bicycle byway.
That’s Just The Tip Of The Iceberg At Executive Lodging!
Executive Lodging is conveniently located near Deadwood, in the heart of the Black Hills and Badlands. From our rental cabins, you can drive almost anywhere in the region in just a few hours – so nothing is off-limits!