The Mammoth site is one of the world's greatest fossil treasures. On-going paleontology dig that has been seen on "Raising the Mammoth" on the Discovery Channel. www.mammothsite.com
Evan's Plunge offers fun for everyone in the family. Large swimming pool and slides are filled with natural warm spring water. Show your receipt from the Hot Springs KOA and get 10% off your admission to Evans Plunge.
The Pioneer Historical Museum is house in an 1893 school building and offers exceptional artifacts and memorabilia documenting the history of th Southern Black Hills area and the community of Hot Springs. pioneer-museum.com
An 18-hole golf course located just outside of the town of Hot Springs. This course is one of the top rated courses in the United States. Show your receipt from the Hot Springs KOA and play 18 holes for the cost of 9!
Spend the day with America's Heritage horse, the Spanish Mustang. See the horses that helped build a nation. Mustangs were part of Alta California, the Texas Cattle country, used by the Pony Express and Native Americans. Tours available. www.windcrossconservancy.org
Surrounded by rugged canyons and pine-covered hills, the town of 3,700 boasts the Mammoth Site, mineral water health spas, Evans Plunge, Wind Cave National Park, Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, lake resorts, history museums, the award-winning Southern Hills Golf Course and unique accommodations, shops and restaurants. Hot Springs is home to the VA Black Hills Medical Center and the State Veterans Home. While relying on the tourism industry, the town's beauty also lends itself to a growing artist community. Many buildings in town are built from sandstone. www.hotsprings-sd.com
One of the world's longest and most complex caves that features box works formations. Guided cave tours and park wildlife including free roaming buffalo, elf, and prairie dogs can provide an afternoon of adventure. www.nps.gov/wica/index.htm
Enjoy driving the wildlife loop where you will see free roaming buffalo, deer, elk, begging burros and beautiful scenery. gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/default.aspx
See the famous Mount Rushmore National Monument. A walking trail takes you to the base of the monument. Go through the parade of flags, look for souvenirs of your visit and dine by the faces in the restaurant. www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm
A mountain carving in progress that dwarfs Mount Rushmore. It's carving has a 90' high face that was dedicated in June 1995, which marked the memorial's 50th anniversary. In addition, there is an Indian museum and a collection of the sculpture's work. www.crazyhorsememorial.org
A drive thru wildlife park where bear, elk, wolves, buffalo and other wildlife are roaming free in their natural habitat. They also offer a walk-thru "babyland" featuring baby animals. bearcountryusa.com
Houses the world's largest reptile collection. Four animal shows are performed every 15 minutes. The sky dome is an indoor jungle where you can walk amongst snakes, lizards, birds and more. www.reptilegardens.com
Offers underground tours of a historical gold mine. Learn how a real gold mine operated in the days of black powder and candlelight along the guided tour. www.brokenbootgoldmine.com
Celebrate America's proud heritage with life-like, life-size figures of all U.S. Presidents in authentic period costumes and surroundings. www.presidentialwaxmuseum.com
Walk in the footsteps of the past, exploring the outdoors or simply taking a bike ride on this 109 mile trail that contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. gftp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/mickelson-trail
People are drawn to the rugged beauty of the Badlands. These geologic deposits contain one of the world's richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park's 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, deer, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today
At Founding Fathers Black Hills you'll find American history and amazing art intersecting in a celebration of the political courage displayed by the 56 men who dared to sign the Declaration of Independence.
The Cold War was the defining historical era of the last half of the 20th century. It led to fear, panic, and distrust symbolized by a nuclear arms race between the United States and Soviet Union. The Minuteman Missile was an iconic weapon in the American nuclear arsenal. It held the power to destroy civilization, but acted as a nuclear deterrent which maintained peace and prevented war. Visit this historical site to learn more about this important time.