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Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour in Black Hills and Mt Rushmore

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Moorcroft, US
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Moorcroft, US
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Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore with GuideAlong's Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour. Embark on an unforgettable adventure as you drive through stunning mountains, canyons, and forests, witness unique rock formations in Badlands National Park, and marvel at the colossal carvings of Mt. Rushmore. With fascinating stories, local tips, and directions that play automatically as you navigate the routes, you'll be fully immersed in the experience. The best part? You have the freedom to explore at your own pace, spending more time at the places that capture your interest. No need to worry about cell service or Wi-Fi either, as the tours work offline using GPS. Get ready for an incredible journey filled with natural wonders, cultural landmarks, and unforgettable memories.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 4 hours - 12 hours
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • & Audio GuidedSelf Guided Experience
  • Stories, tips and directions play automatically based on your location
  • Travel at your own pace
  • Tours work offline using GPS
  • Suggested itineraries for half, full or multi day use
  • No time limits or expiry, free updates
  • Support: toll free phone, chat and email
  • Easy to use: pre-download and tour offline
  • Trip planners: in-app, web and pdf
  • Location based: stories, tips & directions that autoplay
  • Guidealong (gypsy guide) audio tour: 535+ points
  • One-time purchase: no time or date use limit or expiry
  • Flexible routes: suggested itineraries or create your own
  • entrance fees
  • National park passes
  • Reservations

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Introduction

Discover the beauty and history of the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore with GuideAlong's Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour. This immersive experience takes you on three thrilling routes through the stunning landscapes of the Black Hills mountains, Badlands National Park, and Custer State Park. With fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, local tips, and directions, this tour provides an unforgettable journey through South Dakota's most iconic destinations.

What to expect?

When you book GuideAlong's Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour, you can expect a seamless and personalized exploration of the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. As you drive along the routes, the audio guides play commentary based on your location, offering valuable insights and captivating stories. You have the freedom to create your own itinerary according to your interests and schedule or follow the suggested itineraries provided. Spend as much time as you want at each stop, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature, the cultural significance of Mount Rushmore, and the abundant wildlife in Custer State Park.

Who is this for?

This self-guided tour is perfect for adventure seekers, history enthusiasts, and nature lovers of all ages. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, this tour allows you to explore at your own pace. The audio commentary caters to a wide range of interests, making it suitable for both first-time visitors and those who want to delve deeper into South Dakota's rich history. With no time limits or expiry, the tour is ideal for anyone seeking a flexible and immersive way to experience the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore.

Why book this?

GuideAlong's Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour offers unique advantages that make it a must-book experience. The tour provides automatic commentary based on your GPS location, ensuring you don't miss any hidden gems or historical details. You can explore offline without the need for cell service or WiFi, allowing for uninterrupted enjoyment of the tour. The suggested itineraries cater to different durations, so you can choose a half-day, full-day, or multi-day experience. Additionally, free updates ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your journey.

Good to know

With GuideAlong's Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour, you have the convenience of starting and ending your tour at any point along the designated routes. The tour includes various highlights such as Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Devils Tower, and more. It is recommended to begin at one of the official tour introduction points or join anywhere along the route and pick up the commentary at the next audio point. Remember to download the GuideAlong app and preview the tour route and suggested itineraries for a seamless experience.

Reviews

Customers who have experienced GuideAlong's Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour rave about the immersive and informative nature of the tour. They appreciate the flexibility to explore at their own pace and the wealth of fascinating stories shared through the audio commentary. Travelers have particularly enjoyed spotting wildlife in Custer State Park, marveling at the grandeur of Mount Rushmore, and discovering lesser-known attractions along the routes. Overall, the tour has received glowing reviews for its ability to provide a comprehensive, enjoyable, and unforgettable journey through the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Your Itinerary

The Black Hills

As the audio guides play commentary based on your gps location, you can create your own itinerary along the tour route(s) to match your interests and schedule. Or you can use our trip planners for our suggestions on half, full or multi day itineraries. Some of the many highlights are listed below;

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

The most famous and recognizable memorial celebrating the nationhood of the USA must be the 4 presidential faces that look out from Mount Rushmore. Though you will have seen it many times depicted on TV, movies and photos, there is no equivalent to seeing it with your own eyes and feeling the scale and depth of the sculpture.

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Custer State Park

Take a leisurely drive through an enormous area of natural habitat of rolling prairie hills with open grasslands and some pine forest. Though the drive is officially only 18-miles long, expect to spend at least 1 hour, but if you enjoy spotting wildlife, its easy to spend 3 or more hours watching. Also explore some of the side roads that branch off the main route.

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Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower was always a place of intrigue and fascination since it became the nation's first National Monument. For a multitude of generations before that, and continuing to this day, Native Americans celebrate the site for its spiritual importance. The Tower was thrust into pop culture in the 1970's sci-fi classic as the geographical star of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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Badlands National Park

Western South Dakota delivers a wide variety of spectacular landscapes ranging from the prairies grassland and rock formations of the Badlands National Park, through to the mountains, canyons and forests of the Black Hills for you to explore.

Crazy Horse Memorial

In 1948, Sioux Chief Henry Standing Bear approached a Polish sculptor about creating another larger than life sculpture on Thunderhead Mountain - this time celebrating Sioux and other Northern Plains native groups through a depiction of Crazy Horse.

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Keystone

Once a mining boom town, Keystone today is the nearest community to Mount Rushmore. It is filled with hotels, restaurants, cafes and stores to find your perfect Mount Rushmore souvenir.

Rapid City

The hub of the three best scenic drives in this part of South Dakota is Rapid City and it is the ideal place to base your accommodations, and to do some exploring in this lively town.

Sylvan Lake

Located along route 87, Sylvan Lake is described as the Jewel of Custer State Park. If time allows, it's very worthwhile to allocate 45 minutes or so to enjoy the relatively easy 1.1 mile trail around the lake. The combination of grassy shores, still lake water and granite formations rising from the water are truly scenic. For more dedicated and prepared hikers, this is also the starting point for the Black Elk Peak trail, a 7 mile loop that rises 1100 feet to South Dakota's highest point.

Iron Mountain Road

The final 45 minute approach of the recommended direction to Mount Rushmore follows the amazing Iron Mountain Road. We'll encounter tunnels, pigtail bridges, superb lookouts and 314 curves. It is a scenic delight! The most magical moment of the drive is the view through the Scovel Tunnel where 4 presidential faces greet you at the other end, like a postcard.

Bridal Veil Falls

This 60 foot, narrow, wispy spray of water sits right beside the road in Spearfish Canyon. It's easy to capture that perfect photo right from the viewing platform.

Deadwood

One of the most famous wild-west towns in the entire country - Deadwood became legendary for it's gold rush boom and the multitude of characters who we recognize to this day.

Roughlock Falls State Nature Area

From the tiny ex-sawmill town of Savoy on the Spearfish Canyon Road, Roughlock Falls is an easy and popular spot to visit with an attractive waterfall easily accessed by boardwalk. Extend your visit with a 1 mile stream-side walking trail to the falls from the Spearfish Lodge.

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Spearfish Canyon is a superb 19 mile stretch of road with stunning waterfalls and 1000 foot high limestone walls. This scenic drive connects the town of Spearfish with Savoy and Cheyenne Crossing, following the Spearfish Creek all the way.

Badlands Wall

At different times during the drive through the Badlands, we will pass through the Upper and Lower Prairie. The barrier that separates these 2 levels is known as the Wall.

Door Trail

The 3/4 mile Door Trail is the most popular as you follow a boardwalk until reaching a notch in the rock - the Door. Through the Door, hikers can venture into the amazing rock formations, characteristic of the Badlands. The shorter option is known as the Window Trail, just 1/4 mile long.

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Fossil Exhibit Trail

This easy 0.25 mile boardwalk is dedicated to the stories of fossils that have been found throughout the park. During its history, what is now the park has experienced perfect conditions leading to animal, plant and insect life forms to be quickly buried in silt of mud. When these events are timed just right, bones, teeth and shells especially are preserved to provide us a window to past times. Fossil finds are active to this day.

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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

For a complete change of theme in the Badlands, there is an opportunity to experience an important location from the Cold War arms race era. The Minuteman Missile Visitor Center serves as a museum and an opportunity to visit now decommissioned nuclear missile silos and control centers.

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Roberts Prairie Dog Town

The Roberts Prairie Dog Town on Sagecreek Rim Rd at the western end of Badlands is the perfect place to watch a whole community of these fun creatures doing their thing. As we approach, there are many stories and tips of unique behavior to watch out for. The more time you have available to simply stay and watch, the more you will enjoy how the town works together.

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Yellow Mounds Overlook

One of the best vistas in Badlands National Park, the view from this overlook reveals classic buttes and erosion. The unique coloring in bands across these mounds, ranges from yellow and beige through to pink. The formation originated as black, ocean mud which has weathered through exposure to air into this highly photographic yellow display.

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Needles Highway

A fantastic section of the Black Hills driving loop takes us on an enjoyable winding route through beautiful terrain and impressive rock formations.

Wind Cave National Park

These 2 cave systems are incredible and if you have time in your itinerary, should not be missed. Both locations require driving on side trips off the Black Hills Loop tour route. If you follow the loop, the commentary will include descriptions of where to turn off for these these places, and details of how to visit. Simply return to the tour route when you are done.

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Reviews

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4.2 (105)

Michael_B

The narration was well done. The GPS made it easy. Signing up for the app was a bit confusing though. Unless you plan on staying in town more than one day, give yourself the whole day. You will need it.

VNORVI

As always with and older fellow like me, it took some fiddling around. But hen we got it working, it was all easy, and will be on our next tour. Lots of interesting little facts, and it led us to some things we would have never done otherwise.

516WendyM

This tour was fabulous and made the trip. The guide was perfect came on when needed offered easy to understand directions with clear choices. The narration was interesting, amusing and added immensely to the whole experience. We went to the badlands, Rapid City, the black hills loop the wildlife loop the Crazy Horse exhibit(don’t miss this, very moving), needles Highway. We could stop where and when we wanted, then pick up again.

bfischi

My husband and I were skeptical at first, but this driving tour quickly impressed us! The narrator provided many historical and colorful details that we would have missed on our own. He also answered questions just as we asked them! For example, we were driving through a section of Hill City, SD and noticed a lot of pines that had a rust-colored, unhealthy look. We started to speculate, but just at that moment, the guide pipes in and says, "You may be wondering about the trees here...." Absolutely fantastic, boots-on-the-ground research was done to produce this tour. Highly recommended.

Eren_T

This audio tour was such a great thing to have as we explored the Black Hills Loop. It was informative, kept us on track, and was worth the low cost. We'll look for others to get while we travel. Highly recommend!

Clay M

Awesome narration and accurately tied by GPS to the sites we wanted to see but would have missed without this guide. The road directions were exact and the history behind all of the attractions was interesting and entertaining.

Candace_W

We thoroughly enjoyed the background stories and history. We saw sites and scenery that we would have missed if not for this guide. We will look for additional tours in future trips. We actually missed the dialogue as we continued our journey. Highly recommend!

John_B

We saw so much more because of this app. It was a great adventure, and was very informative. I will use this service again.

Karen_T

This was a complete waste of money. I had trouble with the download, and I didn’t realize it was only good for that one day. I went to try again to download it the next day and I would have had to purchase it again.

Sandrajacobusshore

We were not able to access and play the section of the tour we were interested in. It was very frustrating. I would not recommend to anyone
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