Western Region

 

Commonly referred to as the Black Hills, South Dakota’s Western Region features many well known attractions including Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Crazy Horse, Sturgis Rally and so much more.

Mount Rushmore

Each year, more than 3 million travelers visit South Dakota’s top attraction, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, located 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota. The majestic granite sculpture of Mount Rushmore commemorates four powerful presidents who helped shape our nation: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

The Badlands

One of the most popular attractions in western South Dakota, the Badlands National Park provides its visitors dazzling views of beautiful, striking rock-like formations. The buttes, pinnacles, and spires formed by winds and glacial erosion more than 35 million years ago enchant the over one million annual visitors to The Badlands National Park.

South Dakota’s western region is a stark contrast to the eastern & central regions of the state. It has some of the most well-known attractions in the state, including Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills.  If you’re not drawn to the western region for these, you will be drawn by its rugged beauty and adventurous spirit.

When planning your trip to this region of the state, we definitely recommend you visit all the top attractions if time allows. Attractions such as Mount Rushmore, the Badlands & Crazy Horse and many more.

However, the Black Hills area offers endless options for fun. Due to the vast amount of adventures available you will never have the same trip twice!

Check out some of the popular things to do below. 

Popular Cities in the Region

Find Things to do in Western South Dakota

The Western Region in South Dakota features millions of travelers every year. Whether you are looking for something to do, a place to stay, an attraction, outdoor activities, or a nearby restaurant there are endless opportunities in the region. Take a peak at some of the many area hotspots below.

White River Drive-In

White River Drive-In

River’s Edge Restaurant & Tavern

River’s Edge Restaurant & Tavern

Native West Trading Company

Native West Trading Company

Baymont Inn and Suites Rapid City

Baymont Inn and Suites Rapid City

Pizza Lab

Pizza Lab

Terry Peak Chalets

Terry Peak Chalets

The Rushmore Hotel and Enigma Restaurant

The Rushmore Hotel and Enigma Restaurant

Lintz Bros. Pizza

Lintz Bros. Pizza

Tatanka: Story of the Bison

Tatanka: Story of the Bison

Evans Plunge

Evans Plunge

Mount Rushmore Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Mount Rushmore Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Belle Fourche Country Club

Belle Fourche Country Club

Econo Lodge

Econo Lodge

Mount Rushmore Tours & Fort Hays Chuckwagon

Mount Rushmore Tours & Fort Hays Chuckwagon

Begging Burro Bistro & Coffeehouse

Begging Burro Bistro & Coffeehouse

Terry Peak Ski Area

Terry Peak Ski Area

Black Hills Glass Blowers

Black Hills Glass Blowers

Broken Boot Gold Mine

Broken Boot Gold Mine

HOTELS / Lodging

South Dakota is loaded with excellent hotels, bed & breakfasts, camping and cabin rentals throughout the state. Here are some popular hotels located in the popular Rapid City/Deadwood areas.