While enjoying your stay at Summer Creek Inn, we encourage you to explore all that the Black Hills area has to offer to make the most of your time here. The innkeepers will act as your personal concierge to recommend other activities in and near Rapid City that best pique your interests, including dining recommendations, scenic drives, shopping, outdoor recreation, and other must-see attractions. With so much to see and do, there's sure to be something for everyone! Here are a few of our favorite things to see and do in South Dakota:
Visit one of America's most inspiring symbols of democracy. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is open year-round except Christmas Day. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and in the winter the park is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is no admission fee to the Memorial; however, there is an annual $11 parking fee. A $50 parking fee is charged for buses.
The entire town of Deadwood will give you a true Old West experience. During the 1870s, this town built to be a hub for the gold rush prospectors, complete with saloons, card parlors, dance halls and more. Today you'll find legal gambling and attractions centered around gold, the gold rush, and the Western Frontier.
Each August the small town of Sturgis, population 7,000, welcomes half a million motorcycle enthusiasts. For about two weeks out of the year the City of Sturgis becomes a metropolis. During the rally, Sturgis has the people, the shopping and the entertainment to match any big city. Over 800 temporary businesses set up vending — everything from tattoos and body piercing to luxurious fur coats and exquisite jewelry. And leather everywhere!
Deemed by many as the worlds largest sculpture, this 563x641 foot work of art features an Indian man sitting on top of a spirited warhorse. In 1948, sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski set out to create this monument with only a sledge hammer, a single-jack drill bit and a box of dynamite. Fifty years to the day after his death, the 88-foot high face of Crazy Horse was dedicated on June 3, 1998.
This cave, located just over an hour southwest of Rapid City, is considered the second longest cave in the world, with passageways at approximately 159 miles total. President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument in 1908, not long after the cave was first discovered. Many of the chambers are lined with jewel-like crystals such as dogtooth spar crystals, calcite, and nailhead.
Deemed sacred by Native American Indians and perhaps one of the oldest caves in the world, this cave is also known for the wind that blows out of the cave's entrance. Wind Cave is also one of the world's longest and complex caves with over 132 miles of passages, making it the fourth longest cave in the world and third longest in the United States.
Just outside of Custer, SD lies this 71,000 acre premier State Park and is known as one of the largest state parks in the country! Feel the ground rumble during the annual roundup, where cowboys, cowgirls and other crews bring in the herd of nearly 1,300 bison, occuring in late September or Early Fall. This park is rich with diverse cultural heritage, beauty, and recreational activities for visitors for years. Famous for its bison herds, visitors centers, wildlife, fishing lakes, resorts, scenic drives, interpretive programs and campgrounds, the park is sure to capture a piece of your heart.
Part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, named one of the 10 Most Outstanding Byways in America, this byway is sure to give you a new appreciation for the Black Hills! Plan on taking your time as you drive through 14 miles of pinetree-covered mountains, lakes, wildlife and majestic granite structures located inside Custer State Park.