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South Dakota Sightseeing on wheels

Our most recommended South Dakota Sightseeing on wheels

From Rapid City: Private Devils Tower Tour and Hike

1. From Rapid City: Private Devils Tower Tour and Hike

Discover the diversity of South Dakota's natural monuments on this day trip to Devils Tower. Departing from your hotel in Rapid City or Spearfish, enjoy the ride to Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming. Once there, get the opportunity to hike around this natural wonder. While hiking, learn more about Devil Tower's incredible Native American history, and what makes it so unique, from your tour guide. Admire local fauna and flora and witness panoramic views. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice and get the chance to sample some local cuisine before heading back to your hotel in the evening.

Buffalo Jeep Safari & Mammoth Site Tour

2. Buffalo Jeep Safari & Mammoth Site Tour

Get up close and personal with roaming buffalo, deer, and feed the wild donkeys at Custer State Park. Once in the park, board an open-air Jeep and explore the beauty the park has to offer with your guide. Make sure to bring healthy snacks for the wild donkeys and you will have them eating out of the palm of your hands. Next, travel to Hot Springs to get a behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the Mammoth Site. While at this active Paleontological dig site, view fossils from the ice age. Enjoy an interactive learning experience that includes a botany and geological walkway.

From Rapid City: Custer State Park Private Safari and Hiking

3. From Rapid City: Custer State Park Private Safari and Hiking

Enjoy a private full-day tour from Rapid City or Hill City to the beautiful Custer State Park. Custer is South Dakota's largest state park, famous for its bison herds, antelope, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goats, coyotes, elk, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife. Custer State Park is regularly named as one of the best wildlife destinations in the world. Once at the park, join an open-air jeep safari tour to get up close and personal with roaming buffalo and other wildlife. You will have an opportunity to get out and feed the burros. For the remainder of the afternoon, you will be able to hike some of the most beautiful trails located in the park. Lunch will be enjoyed at the historic Custer State Game Lodge, or another location of your choice.

Black Hills: Private Tour of Mt. Rushmore & Flume Trail Hike

4. Black Hills: Private Tour of Mt. Rushmore & Flume Trail Hike

Go on this full-day private tour and explore two famous landmarks of the Black Hills. Enjoy a convenient pick-up from Rapid City, Custer or Hill City and spend your morning learning in-depth details of Mount Rushmore, the Shrine of Democracy, and how the Monument came to fruition. Take great pictures and admire the panoramic views.  Savor a delicious lunch at a location of your choice and spend the rest of the day hiking the Flume Trail which runs downhill from Sheridan Lake Dam to the old gold-mining town of Rockerville.  Hike 3-miles while enjoying the local flora and wildlife. The Flume Trail follows the historic Rockerville Flume, an 1880's gold-rush era water channel used to transport gold.  Listen to the stories your knowledgeable guide can share and learn about the rare history of the Black Hills, the Flume Trail, and the mining boom of the 1880s.  See historic remnants along the way and learn what makes this trail so important to the Black Hills.

From Rapid City: Badlands National Park Trip with Wall Drug

5. From Rapid City: Badlands National Park Trip with Wall Drug

Head to the Badlands National Park for a day of unforgettable nature and dramatic sights. Enjoy a guided tour with snacks, drinks, and a picnic lunch, and visit the famous Wall Drug roadside attraction. Start with pickup from your hotel, hop in the vehicle, and head for the dramatic Badlands National Park. Sit back and relax as you travel through an ever-changing landscape. Keep a look out for wild animals like the American Bison, prairie dogs, coyotes, Bighorn Sheep, antelope, and more. Be struck by the sheer scale of everything as you drive through it. Admire a wild yet eerily calm that appears almost like a painting. Witness pinnacles and spires rising from the flat grassland in every direction, and great cliffs jutting into the sky behind them. Enjoy stops at a safe distance to watch animals grazing together peacefully. See tiny prairie dogs and pronghorn trotting by as you admire the natural landscape and the creatures that inhabit it. Drive down Sage Creek Rim Road and the Peter Norbeck-designed Badlands Loop Road with plenty of time to take some dramatic pictures. Be struck by the subtle changes in the landscape during the drive. See the brown and pink of the sandy soil gradually give way to more muted shades of yellow and purple. Complete your experience with a stop at the cowboy-themed Wall Drug roadside attraction. Browse the stores and sights as you delve into the authentic atmosphere of Americana.

Mickelson Trail: 20-Mile Private Bicycle Tour

6. Mickelson Trail: 20-Mile Private Bicycle Tour

Witness sights in the Black Hills few people have the opportunity to see on a private bicycle tour. The Mickelson Trail extends from Edgemont, South Dakota to Deadwood, South Dakota consisting of 109 miles (175 km) with 15 trailheads.  Have the flexibility to choose where to start on the trail. Cruise through the moderate 20-mile (32 km) portion as you travel through two tunnels and over a historic railroad bridge.  Bike through the breathtaking Black Hills on your choice of a mountain bike or comfort bike. Whether you are a bike enthusiast or the average traveler, the trail is easily manageable for the entire family.

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We booked a private day tour through Carrie for our first day in Black Hills. We had booked another private tour for the following day with another tour service. Four days before the tour scheduled for the 2nd day, the tour guide cancelled without any options or explanation. When Carrie found out about this, she worked to provide us a tour for us on the 2nd day on short notice. Both days we had Mickey as our guide. She did an excellent job. It was very informative and packed with a lot of fun and interesting things to experience and see. I can't begin to thank Carrie and Mickey enough for their excellent service. I highly recommend Black Hills Private Tours to everyone.

Excellent! Collected from accommodation and had private all day tour. Guide was wonderful (Karen), informative and fun to be with. Not knowing the area meant we would not have felt comfortable taking a hike alone so this made it a great option to see beyond the normal tourist route. Would highly recommend.

this excursion is something special, well worth seeing with a very good tourist guide who also translates everything into German on the cell phone, everything is perfectly clear here you can see the most beautiful nature in the national park and the many bison.