Black Hills South Dakota

Black Hills South Dakota

The Black Hills of South Dakota are calling!

The Black Hills South Dakota is a perfect destination for outdoor couples that love to explore and experience nature.

You may think since it is a top US destination that it would be very touristy and unromantic, but the Black Hills are a National Forest and you can find seclusion if you plan accordingly.

Here are my travel tips for an adventure packed and romantic vacation for two to the Black Hills of South Dakota:

Where to go:

Hill City, South Dakota

Custer State Parks

Rapid City, South Dakota

Deadwood, South Dakota

When to go:

Summer or early Fall

How long to stay:

7 days


Where to stay in the Black Hills:


Newton Fork Ranch in Hill City, South Dakota

Amazing log cabins and there are only 7 of them on the Ranch.

Hill City is close to everything yet you feel so far away from everything.
Sylvan Lake Lodge in Custer State Park

The lake is so beautiful to hike around and the views from the lodge deck are amazing.

Note: The lake is freezing, even on a very hot summer day.

If you want to indulge, stay at State Game Lodge in Custer State Park

You can even stay in the rooms that President Eisenhower or President Coolidge stayed.

For making reservations at the lodges, click here


Top things to do in the Black Hills of South Dakota:

Near Hill City, South Dakota

Hike or Climb at Wrinkled Rock Climbers Trailhead off of State Highway 244 on the way to Mount Rushmore National Memorial from the west. Just look for the Wrinkled Rock sign and you can park for free and start up the trailhead.

Eat at the Alpine Inn. This is a MUST-DO. They have only one thing on the menu – bacon wrapped filet mignon either 6oz or 9oz with baked potato, toast, wedge of lettuce and ranch dressing for $9.95 or $11.95! They also have some of the best desserts I have ever had.

Note: They don’t take reservations, but it is worth the wait! They are closed Sundays.

See a show at the Black Hills Playhouse

Bike the 109-mile Mickelson Trail

Visit the Prairie Berry Winery and try some locally made wine


Near Spearfish, South Dakota

Drive through Spearfish Canyon National Scenic Byway

Hike to the Bridal Veil Falls in Spearfish Canyon

Stop at the Crow Peak Brewing Company


Near Deadwood, South Dakota

Gamble in historic Deadwood.

See one of the outlaw shows.


Near Hot Spring, South Dakota

The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary for nature & horse lover’s

Red Rock River Resort Hotel & Spa for relaxation at the spa or to stay for a night


Near Rapid City, South Dakota

Spend a night in Downtown Rapid City

Find the President statues on every corner

Eat at The Red Fire Truck Brewery

Shop at Prairie Edge Trading Co – featuring Native American Indian artwork.

Visit the haunted Alex Johnson Hotel where past President’s and spirits have visited.


If you are looking for more fun things to do, see South Dakota Travel Information.

Looking for more information, contact me.

Enjoy your vacation to the Black Hills, South Dakota!

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