The Black Hills in South Dakota may be one of the most underrated places in the country to take a trip. It's full of amazing sights, well-preserved history, and activities for all ages. When it comes to sightseeing, family bonding and education, the Black Hills in South Dakota rivals any other tourist destination.
Black Hills Fly-Fishing
Take a professionally guided fishing trip through some of South Dakota's most famous creeks, streams and lakes. With the Black Hills being a lesser known fly-fishing haven, you'll be able to catch trout, walleye and bass without having to spend all day hunting for a prime spot. The trip would be perfect for a father-son bonding or even for the entire family. Packages start at $276. Check BlackHillsVacations.com for booking information.
Come see one of America's most awe-inspiring landmarks. Created by 400 workers over 14 years, Mount Rushmore stands as a monument to some of America's greatest heroes. Carved into a mountain that stands more than a mile high, Mount Rushmore will strike your patriot bone and take your breath away. Tickets for day tours start at $69 through MountRushmoreTours.com for adults and $34.50 for children.
After fishing, hiking, and sightseeing, you might want to spend a little time in a hot bath. But Evans Plunge isn't just any hot bath. It's a giant, indoor, natural mineral water pool--always heated to 87 degrees--with water slides and games for the kids. For the adults are a hot tub, steam room and gym. Admission for adults (13 and older) is $11, kids under 13 are $9, and kids under 2 are free. Check EvansPlunge.com for advanced admission and information.
Crazy Horse Memorial
To see a remarkable work in progress, you have to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial. When finished, it will be the world's largest mountain sculpture. Begun in 1948 by Korczak Ziolkowski and American Indian Chief Henry Standing Bear, the Crazy Horse Memorial is a visual marvel, only to be completely appreciated when seen in real life. The face of Crazy Horse is finished, and stands at an incredible 87-foot height. Because the Crazy Horse Memorial doesn't accept any money from the government, admission is $10 a person or $27 for a carload.