South Dakota
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 09, 2019
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,318 to $2,608

Explore the wild west with our Black Hills family vacation!

Pack your kids and favorite cowboy hat and get ready for a nonstop-action, family-friendly adventure discovering the many surprises of South Dakota. For this all-inclusive South Dakota vacation package, we’ve carefully crafted an itinerary filled with the best of “the land of infinite variety,” from rolling prairies and glacial lakes to iconic American monuments, including Mount Rushmore and the ever-evolving Crazy Horse Monument. Our guides can’t wait to introduce you to the rambunctious wildlife, pine-studded Black Hills and colorful history surrounding this Midwestern state. Step back in time to the lawless days of the Wild West for a glimpse into the past as you bike, hike and explore the dusty streets of Deadwood and Wind Cave National Park, one of the world’s most unique national parks. Throughout this rip-roaring journey, enjoy the finest in regional accommodations and cuisine as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to relax and spend time creating unforgettable memories with the kids as you fall in love with the outdoor treats and national treasures of South Dakota.

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  • North America Vacations
  • Biking
  • Family
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling/Swimming
  • Cultural/History

Activity Level: Moderately Easy (2)

This Tour
The Black Hills of South Dakota: a family-friendly oasis of pine-clad mountains and prairie land, abundant wildlife, world-class national parks and a host of dedicated Rails to Trails bike routes. On this six-day, custom adventure, our expert guides introduce you to the many spectacular wonders of this expansive state while you enjoy the simple pleasures of hanging out with your kids, learning to rock climb and keeping your eyes peeled for pronghorn dashing across the grasslands. This trip-of-a-lifetime awaits you and yours!
  • Walk in the footsteps of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill in the Old West town of Deadwood
  • Bike along an abandoned railroad through the heart of the Black Hills on the Mickelson Trail
  • Hike the base of Mount Rushmore and visit the famed Crazy Horse monument (which, upon completion, will be 10 times the size of Rushmore!)
  • Take a dip in the pristine waters of Sylvan Lake after trying out your hand at rock climbing
  • Explore the vast underground world of Wind Cave National Park
  ** Austin Adventures operates under a special use permit on the Black Hills National Forest.
Mount Rushmore Black Hills Family Vacation
Photo: Mount Rushmore Black Hills Family Vacation

A truly memorable trip, people, scenery, activities, accommodations, food and guides.

George D Curwensville, PA

Our adventure was everything we had hoped for. The location, our guides and that special Austin Adventures touch made our adventure one that we will long remember and share with our friends.

Cory K Brevard, NC

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Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP)

Day 1: Rapid City / Sturgis / Deadwood
Rapid City / Sturgis / Deadwood
Meals Included:  L, D
Begin your vacation by exploring Bear Butte State Park and summit the mountain trail yielding sweeping panoramic views for miles and miles. Experience the Old West and learn why Bear Butte is considered one of the most sacred lands by the Plains Indians. Afterwards we head over to the famous biker town of Sturgis for lunch at a local spot. Load up in the van to travel a short distance away to our home for the next couple nights, Deadwood. We’ll walk the same sidewalks as the likes of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill, to name just a few. If time permits we will explore the world of gold panning at Golden Boot. Tonight’s dinner is at the Deadwood Social Club. Packed full of history and surrounded by the wild west.

About the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel

Deadwood's Newest Boutique Hotel is perched on a hill overlooking Historic Deadwood. The new 98 room luxury hotel is a wonderful addition to a re-development from one of Deadwood's most unique historic landmarks, the Homestake Mine Slime Plant, now home to Deadwood's only Event Center. As a guest, relax and enjoy lounging by the grand stone fireplace over 2 stories tall under vaulted ceilings or cozy up by the side seating fireplace both making the rustic interior and decorated lobby truly magnificent. You can look forward to the swimming pool with hot tub after a long day of biking. The new Deadwood Mountain Grand is an unforgettable place to stay on your visit to the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Day 2: Spearfish / Spearfish Trout Hatchery / Deadwood
South Dakota Bike tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Today, we head over to the nearby town of Spearfish for a bike ride through a neat canyon. Enjoy a delicious guide-prepared lunch at a local park. Following lunch we will walk to the Trout Hatchery where we can learn and explore the Von Bayer Museum or visit the Neo-Colonial Revival Booth House. This afternoon, enjoy some downtime or walk around the Mount Moriah Cemetery where Wild Bill and Calamity Jane were laid to rest; visit one of several of Deadwood’s museums, highlighting life in the days of outlaws, gold panning, and Native American skirmishes; or take an “old-time,” black and white photo at Woody’s Wild West. Dinner in Deadwood.
Day 3: Mickelson Trail / Crazy Horse / Sylvan Lake
Mount Rushmore Tours
Meals Included:  B, L
After a hearty breakfast we head to one of the many trailheads of South Dakota’s Mickelson Trail to cycle the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Burlington northern rail line, which serviced gold country for nearly a century. Regenerate yourselves with a lunch prepared by your guides. After lunch transfer to Crazy Horse for a tour. Still in progress, the Memorial is destined to be some 10 times the size of Mt Rushmore. This is more than just carvings in stone; it is a compound that will eventually pay tribute to the American Indians and the great Indian Chief, Crazy Horse, housing the Indian Museum of North America, Indian University of North America and a host of other properties. Night on your own for dinner tonight.

About Sylvan Lake Lodge

Rich in history and natural beauty, Sylvan Lake Lodge holds the designation of Custer State Park's "crown jewel". This property features beautifully renovated lodge rooms and cabins, a lounge, a restaurant and an outdoor veranda which offers breathtaking views. The location of Sylvan Lake Lodge can't be beat, thanks to the design inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. When the original lakeshore resort burned down in 1935, Wright suggested the current location amidst a forest of pine and spruce trees. The recently renovated Sylvan Lake Dining Room features the best in steaks, seafood, and chef's specialties. The awe-inspiring views, comfortable accommodations, exciting activities, and mouthwatering meals will leave you so satisfied you may never want to leave!
Day 4: Little Devil's Tower / Keystone / Mount Rushmore
South Dakota Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Today, eat a big breakfast because we have an exciting day ahead of us! From Sylvan Lake we’ll depart on a neat hike to Little Devil’s Tower. Snake through quaking aspen and Black Hills Spruce to make your way to the granite scramble at the base of the tower. The summit greets you with jaw- dropping views of the Cathedral Spires, Black Elk Wilderness and the brick fire tower atop 7,242-foot Harvey Peak. This afternoon, we depart for a scenic tour of the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road on our way to explore Mount Rushmore. Dinner in the historic town of Keystone.  
Day 5: Wind Cave / Sylvan Lake / Wildlife Loop
South Dakota Bike Tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D
This morning, we will partake in a beginner top rope climbing adventure on the Black Hills granite rock surrounding Sylvan Lake. You’ll have all of the equipment and instruction you need to feel comfortable and safe, even if you’ve never climbed before. Indulge in a delicious picnic lunch back at Sylvan Lake. This afternoon we will take in natural beauty as we transfer to Wind Cave to tour one of the most complex and longest caves in the world. End the afternoon by driving the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park on the lookout for bison, antelope and wild burros on our way to our final night’s dinner at the State Game Lodge.  
Day 6: Rapid City
Buffalo in South Dakota
Meals Included:  B
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the dining room before loading up the van, luggage in tow. Say goodbye to the Black Hills and head back to Rapid City for our farewells. **Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather, wildlife, and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.
Dates, Rates
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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 09, 2019
  • From $2,898 / person
  • ($480 single supplement) Children: $2,318 to $2,608

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 9, 2019 - Jun 14, 2019
  • Jun 16, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 or 8:20 am, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Rapid City airport (12:00 pm) or your Rapid City hotel (12:30 pm).


Biking: 20 to 25 miles per ride, easy to moderate terrain on paved roads and Mickelson Trail (packed gravel). Hiking: 2 to 5 miles, easy to moderate terrain. Bear Butte – 1,025 feet of elevation gain over 2 miles (out and back). Swimming: There will be several opportunities to swim in lakes this trip; but remember, weather is a factor and cold weather may prevent swimming from taking place. Rock Climbing: 3 to 4 hour climbing adventure on the granite rocks bordering Sylvan Lake. Gear and detailed instruction will be provided by professional rock climbing guides, ensuring you’ll feel comfortable, even if you’re a beginner. Discovery: Few attractions stir the emotions of visitors the way Mount Rushmore does. Since its completion in 1941, it has joined the Statue of Liberty and the Stars & Stripes as one of America's most inspiring symbols of democracy. Can you imagine a nose on a person that is 20 feet long?! On Mount Rushmore’s presidents’ six-story tall heads, their rather large noses appear quite normal. Discover the enormity of the Crazy Horse Memorial, its past and present controversies, and the mountain carving’s historic significance at the Native American Cultural Center. Visit a herd of the friendly wild begging burros in South Dakota’s first and largest state park, Custer State Park. Descend into the depths of Wind Cave, the first cave designated as a national park and home to approximately 95% of the world’s boxwork formation. Follow the route of the 1890 Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad on the Mickelson Trail, keeping an eye out for wild turkeys along the way. Follow the steps of famous historic figures such as Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Jack McCall, and Seth Bullock in the Old West historic town of Deadwood. Come see all there is to do in the Mount Rushmore State! Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They take the time to explain the local history, daily sightseeing, and route options. Each route has been carefully planned to include options to please each traveler’s interests. Austin Adventures guides are available to help you select the distance that’s right for you and to offer advice and assistance as you desire.


The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on your own - are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price. Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions, except one dinner on your own.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:
The Mickelson Trail is awesome, nothing like any bike trail I've ever been on. Our guides were outstanding, and our co-travelers were great company. AA lives up to its promises. ” Kathy S, Valley View, OH
Overall, this trip exceeded these first time AA travelers expectation. From the biking to the great laughs we shared with the group, we could not have dreamed of a better vacation to the Black Hills. ” Erik H, Chicago, IL
Busy and fun! None of us had seen much of SD- loved it! ” Eric H, Fayetteville, NY
Wonderful trip-The Mickelson Trail is spectacular. ” Janet C, Kensington, MD
It was wonderful and so much fun. Our guides were fantastic! ” Lenore, S, Beverly Hills, CA
Relaxing, fun, active Great guides!! ” Toni P, Los Angeles, CA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. Deadwood: Explore the historic gambling town where legendary outlaws of the Wild West once roamed.
  • 2. Mount Rushmore: Pictures do not do this US landmark justice! See it for yourself and marvel at its magnificence.
  • 3. The Mickelson Trail: The meandering hills, rock tunnels and railroad bridges of this trail make it a biking delight for people of all ages!
  • 4. Wind Cave National Park: At nearly 140-miles long, this cave is now marked as the sixth longest cave in the world!
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from getting your kids stoked on Native American history to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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