Here are a few things that one should not miss while vacationing in the Black Hills of South Dakota:

Needles tunnel

Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road – Both drives offer unbeatable scenic views of the Hills and the granite features that make this part of the country so remarkable.  Due to the rugged terrain these roads pass through, tunnels and pig-tail bridges are a necessity.  For motorcyclists, these will be rides that you won’t forget for a long time.  Each of these byways also offer plenty of hiking and picnicking spots as well.

yellow flowers in bloom

Spearfish Canyon – Located about an hour north of Mt. Rushmore, this canyon is lined with limestone walls and aspen groves.  It also contains a few of the Hills rare waterfalls.  Latchstring Inn, located in the heart of the canyon, is a great stopping-spot for lunch.  If you’re a rock climber, the almost 1000 sport routes will keep you smiling for days.

Custer State Park hills

Hiking in Custer State Park – Instead of simply driving through this natural paradise on the Needles Highway and the Wildlife Loop, use some of your God-given energy and get off the beaten path.  Hike Harney Peak from Sylvan Lake (7 miles roundtrip), Sunday Gulch (3 miles roundtrip) or the Spires trail (2-3 miles roundtrip) and find yourself in the midst of granite giants and peaceful pine tree forests.  Each hike is always worth the effort.