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America’s Icons in Western South Dakota


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Mount Rushmore

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Crazy Horse Memorial

From the Old West days of Deadwood to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota has been a heavy hitter in American history.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is an impressive site set five miles north of Custer, 30 miles north of Wind Cave National Park, and 40 miles southwest of Rapid City.

The Crazy Horse Memorial has been under construction on Thunderhead Mountain since the 1940s, and plans to be the largest sculpted monument upon completion.

Be sure to check out this history-in-the-making, and stop by the onsite Native American Cultural Center and Indian Museum of North America.

But don’t get too comfortable – the Mount Rushmore National Memorial is just a short drive away. Set near the city of Keystone, Mount Rushmore has been a staple of American history and family vacations for nearly a century.

Constructed in the Badlands region of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore NM encompasses more than one million acres of western South Dakota.

Ran by the U.S. National Park Service – the monument offers other traveler-friendly attractions like the Lincoln Borglum Museum and the Presidential Trail.

Take advantage of the audio tour at Mount Rushmore, brush up on American heritage at the memorial’s bookstore, or even celebrate Independence Day at Mount Rushmore when traveling through South Dakota during the summer.


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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn

310 W Mount Rushmore Road, Custer SD 57730-1938
Phone: (605) 673-2275  |  Fax: (605) 673-2234  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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