Sep 06

Three day guide to the Black Hills

3 Day Guide to the Black HillsOur three day guide to the Black Hills has been divided into two categories, one for the serious vacationer and one for the more laid back approach.  What I mean by the serious vacationer is the person that is up before the sun looking to get the perfect lighting for that perfect picture.  The more laid back approach is leaving the cabin, tent, or hotel room around 9 in the morning.  This three day guide to the Black Hills is solely based on our personal experiences in the park and the research we did to get ready for our trip.  It is also written as if you are staying in the area.  Now three days is not nearly enough time to see everything the Black Hills has to offer, three weeks would probably not be enough time to see everything.  We sincerely hope our three day guide to the Black Hills will help you in your planning and like always we wish you Happy Travels!
South Dakota Lake3 Day Guide to the Black Hills

Serious Vacationer

Laid Back Traveler

Day 1 Leave the Black Hills for the Badlands

  • Pay the park fee to drive the loop road and if you do not mind taking your care on a dirt road drive the Sage Creek Wilderness area to see the animals that call the area home including Roberts Prairie Dog Town
  • Take some of the hiking trails in the park like my favorite the Notch Trail
  • No visit to the badlands would be complete without getting close to the Wall and its tumbling rock formations
Day 1 See the National Parks and Memorials

Day 2 Visit Mount Rushmore on your way to  Custer State Park

  • Take the Wildlife Loop Road at Dawn for the best chance to see animals including the famous begging burros
  • Hike some of the trails like the Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail or Harney Peak
  • Spend the afternoon around Sylvan Lake taking the trail around the lake
  • Custer State Park could easily be labeled a National Park if South Dakota had not already claimed the area.  It is one of the best state parks in the nation with lots of activities to do and many things to see
Day 2 Drive the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Day 3 Drive over to Spearfish Canyon and try your luck at Deadwood

  • Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway is a wonderful short drive through limestone walls and forest.  There are also 2 beautiful waterfalls in the area Roughlock and Bridal Veil Falls
  • After visiting Spearfish Canyon try your luck at one of close to 80 gaming halls in the town of Deadwood or take in the Deadwood Alive show and witness the trail of the man that killed Wild Bill Hickok
 Day 3 Visit the many museums and parks in the area

Scenic OverlookTo see our other 3 day guides click here

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