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.

Holly House Bed & Breakfast

Holly House Bed & Breakfast

Shipwrecks Bar & Grill

Shipwrecks Bar & Grill

Botticelli Ristorante Italiano

Botticelli Ristorante Italiano

Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City

Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City

Deer Mountain Ski Resort

Deer Mountain Ski Resort

Cedar Pass Lodge & Restaurant

Cedar Pass Lodge & Restaurant

Backroads Inn and Cabins

Backroads Inn and Cabins

John Lopez Studio / Kokomo Gallery

John Lopez Studio / Kokomo Gallery

Whistler Gulch Campground

Whistler Gulch Campground

Jewel Cave National Monument

Jewel Cave National Monument

Oglala Lakota Living History Village

Oglala Lakota Living History Village

Trailshead Lodge

Trailshead Lodge

Motel 6 – Hot Springs

Motel 6 – Hot Springs

Madame Peacock’s Beer & Bling

Madame Peacock’s Beer & Bling

Amie St.Jean Bed & Breakfast

Amie St.Jean Bed & Breakfast

Rushmore Shadows Resort

Rushmore Shadows Resort

Stampmill Inn, Restaurant and Saloon

Stampmill Inn, Restaurant and Saloon

Restmore Inn

Restmore Inn

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.