Rapid City, South Dakota
The home of Mount Rushmore is also ripe for adventure, with the Black Hills Mountain Range boasting Black Elk Peak, the highest summit in the U.S. east of the Rockies. Lace up and pack extra grub for the Harney Peak Trail, where going at it from the Northern approach is best for more experienced hikers. Rest up at Cambria Hotel and Suites, custom built for its mountain-town setting, and it's a quick drive to Badlands National Park, and Custer State Park, a mecca for bison viewing. And since we'd be remiss to not send you to Mount Rushmore's 60-foot faces of Washington and the gang, do that. And after, sit back at a local haunt and raise a glass to the fine men etched in stone with a signature South Dakota red beer; an unlikely but restorative combo of tomato juice and beer.
Getting There: Fly direct to Rapid City.
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