Black Hills (SD)
The Roads: Take the pilgrimage to Sturgis any time of the year, and visit Mt. Rushmore while en route. Hop on South Dakota Highway 87 all the way up to Hill City, soaking up stunning sites including Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park. Most famously, this route accesses the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial and leads to the massive Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the mecca for Harley-Davidson fanatics around the world.
Stay: Lodges and boutique hotels are the norm in these parts, ranging from tiny B&Bs to larger venues like The Lodge at Deadwood.
Inside Tip: Prairie Dog Town (off Sage Creek Rim Road) is an out-of-the-way but charming way to observe the tiny critters in their natural habitat.
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