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.

Gunsel Horse Adventures

Gunsel Horse Adventures

Visit Custer

Visit Custer

Little Elk Homestead

Little Elk Homestead

Black Hills Bagels

Black Hills Bagels

The Brothel Deadwood

The Brothel Deadwood

Spearfish Canyon Nature Area

Spearfish Canyon Nature Area

Creekside Bean and Vine

Creekside Bean and Vine

Vertex Sky Bar

Vertex Sky Bar

Howard Johnson Inn & Suites

Howard Johnson Inn & Suites

Trailshead Lodge

Trailshead Lodge

Black Hills Ponderosa Place

Black Hills Ponderosa Place

Firehouse Wine Cellars

Firehouse Wine Cellars

Deadwood Dick’s Suites, Saloon and Antique Mall

Deadwood Dick’s Suites, Saloon and Antique Mall

The Hotel Sturgis

The Hotel Sturgis

Black Forest Inn Bed & Breakfast

Black Forest Inn Bed & Breakfast

National Presidential Wax Museum

National Presidential Wax Museum

Rapid Escape Rooms

Rapid Escape Rooms

South Dakota State Railroad Museum

South Dakota State Railroad Museum

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.