17 Top Things to Do Near Mount Rushmore (South Dakota)

Mount Rushmore is one of the top tourist destination in the United States.

In this story, I’ll cover the top things you can do on a road trip to Mount Rushmore, either before or after you’ve visited that famous site.

It’s full of amazing sites, wildlife, wonderful views, and some stunning rolling prairie…and it’s likely one of the most talked-about state parks in the United States.

Custer State Park

Technically park of Custer State Park, the Needles Highway is one of the most unique scenic drives we’ve ever done.

Needles Highway

Once it’s completed, the Crazy Horse Memorial will be the largest mountain carving in the world.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Otherwise known as South Dakota’s other national park (after the Badlands), Wind Cave is home to one of the largest caves in the world.

Wind Cave National Park

Today Deadwood is known for its tourist attractions, shops, dining and gaming.


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