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Black Hills, South Dakota

On the way to Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone, the Black Hills is a must to add to your itinerary, an inspiring vacation destination filled with wonders of nature and history.

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  • Visit the impressive landscape in the Black Hills of pinnacles, large granite outcroppings and beautiful forests of pines
  • See Mount Rushmore, heads of famous presidents carved into granite rock
  • Enjoy outdoor recreation in Custer State Park
  • Only 392 miles (about 5 hours and 47 minutes driving time) from Cody, Wyoming


The Black Hills offers an impressive landscape of pinnacles, large granite outcroppings and beautiful forests of pines. There are plenty of recreational opportunities here as well as many fascinating sights of history and art.


You can visit the Black Hills at any time of year.


Within the Black Hills you’ll find a number of attractions that lure millions of people each year. Some of the major stops are:

  • Mount Rushmore
    Here you’ll find 60-foot carvings of four of our most popular presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Crazy Horse Memorial
    This is the largest sculpture in the world, showing Crazy Horse, the Sioux warrior who defeated Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
  • Custer State Park
    Have some adventures in this 71,000-acre park.
  • Spearfish Canyon National Forest Scenic Byway
    Get fabulous views of waterfalls, streams, cliffs and wildlife along US 14A through the northern hills.
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
    In the middle of August, thousands of cyclists come here from all over to ride through the scenic Black Hills.

Getting Here

To get to Cody, Wyoming from the Black Hills, get on I-90 West for about 256 miles and take exit 9. Go left on scenic US 14 right to Cody.

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