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. Western South Dakota offers a captivating blend of rugged landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. From the majestic peaks of the Black Hills to the sprawling plains of the Badlands, this region beckons adventurers and explorers alike.

Discover the iconic Mount Rushmore, where the faces of four American presidents are etched into the granite cliffs, or journey through the otherworldly terrain of Badlands National Park, where dramatic rock formations and fossil beds tell tales of ancient creatures.

Delve into the storied past of the Wild West at historic towns like Deadwood and Lead, where legends of gold rushes and outlaws come to life. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a scenic drive through the heart of the Great Plains, Western South Dakota offers endless opportunities for discovery and inspiration.

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.

Gallery Six13

Gallery Six13

Rapid City

Firehouse Brewing Company

Firehouse Brewing Company

Rapid City

Country Inn & Suites

Country Inn & Suites

Brookings

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Watertown

Beef Jerky Outlet

Beef Jerky Outlet

Hill City

Madame Peacock’s Beer & Bling

Madame Peacock’s Beer & Bling

Deadwood

Wade’s Gold Mill

Wade’s Gold Mill

Hill City

Black Hills Balloons

Black Hills Balloons

Custer

Tru by Hilton

Tru by Hilton

Deadwood

Jambonz Deux

Jambonz Deux

Rapid City

Amie St.Jean Bed & Breakfast

Amie St.Jean Bed & Breakfast

Rapid City

Americas Best Value Inn by the River & Cabins

Americas Best Value Inn by the River & Cabins

Hot Springs

Black Hills Burger & Bun

Black Hills Burger & Bun

Custer

Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial

Custer

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives

D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives

Spearfish

Hot Springs Murals

Hot Springs Murals

Hot Springs

Great Faces. Great Places.

South Dakota is an incredibly unique state in that each region offers a completely different experience then the others. Check out each of the regions to see what each has to offer!

Badlands

Western South Dakota

Featuring the Black Hills, Badlands, the Sturgis Rally. This region tends to be the most popular.

CENTRAL REGION

This region of South Dakota offers some of the best hunting and fishing in the entire central US. 

Eastern Region

The eastern region is home to the largest city in the state and provides visitors with a true "prairie" experience.