We headed to The Black Hills of South Dakota for one reason and one reason ONLY, Mount Rushmore! I think it’s written into law that you cannot take a trip around the US and not see Rushmore! So we headed out to do just that! We spent 9 days in Custer, SD as our home base.
It was so much more than we expected it to be! There was so much more to do and see then just Rushmore! It’s funny how a vacation can sneak up on you right smack dab in the middle of a year long RV trip, but that’s how this place felt to us; a surprise vacation! I highly recommend you visit The Black Hills! First, the place we stayed. It was a tiny little RV park, right on the edge of the tiny town of Custer, where you could walk to the quaint neighborhood market.
So just to name a few of the sights and things to do in the area.. Custer Sate Park was so big and had so much going on in way of wildlife tours, ranger talks, campgrounds, jr ranger programs, etc. that it’s much more comparable to a national park, then most state parks!
Also not too far away is The Badlands National Park! Named for its impossible terrain to cross, and a very cool sight to see….and climb on! We saw loads of big horn sheep and rabbits, and prairie dogs during our day in the park!
On our way back from The Bad Lands, we stopped at Wall Drug. It’s one of those places that becomes famous cause it was close to something cool, before that thing was cool, and it gives out free water. That was important in this landscape way back when. Wall Drug is just as crazy and over the top as we expected. Our only surprise was that we actually liked it!
And then of course, there was Mt Rushmore!
In addition to all these natural wonders, there is also a TON of tourist trap type places to visit! We did ONE of them! And only because I had planned to meet up with another fulltime RVing mom and her kids. It was great to talk with a mom that is doing the same thing I am with my kids and she’s from Austin too! And the kids did have fun at The Reptile House!
A lot of our time was spent just hanging out in Custer Stat Park, driving Needles Hwy, swimming, hiking, etc. It was a seriously sweet 9 days in a place we’d never been before! I see us returning in the future and will think of it fondly until then.