Depart Rapid City by heading south on Highway 16 (also known as Mount Rushmore Road). The first stop is Keystone, just two miles from Mount Rushmore National Memorial. This mountain town features a wide array of activities, including shops, gold mines and helicopter rides. Next is the \"must-see\" attraction of any South Dakota tour, Mount Rushmore National Memorial. After touring America’s Shrine of Democracy, head south to Custer State Park, one of the largest state parks in the country. Custer State Park includes 71,000 acres of mountains, plains, lakes, streams and some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere (including one of the largest publicly-owned buffalo herds in the country).
After lunch, travel north to Crazy Horse Memorial, where the fifth granite face in the Black Hills has emerged in the form of the infamous Lakota leader. The memorial also features the Indian Museum of North America, which houses one of the region’s foremost collections of artwork.
Finally, travel to the northern Black Hills on Highway 385 and visit the sister cities of Lead and Deadwood. The Old West mining towns still have the gold-fever flavor that put them on the map. Limited gaming is found in more than 80 Deadwood gaming parlors, many with atmospheres not much different than when Wild Bill Hickok met his Maker. Lead and Deadwood also offer many historic sites where visitors can learn about the extensive history of the area. Overnight in Lead/Deadwood or Spearfish.