Mt. Rushmore National Memorial

THE SOUTHERN HILLS

You don’t have to go into Mt. Rushmore National Memorial to see the sculpture; it easily viewed from route 244 as you snake along the ridge. But it’s well worth the admission to learn the history behind the monument and the park is beautifully designed to make the visitor’s experience a delight.

The ride there is east and south of Sturgis and loops through Black Hills National Forest on Hwy 16/Hwy 16A to the tiny town of Rushmore, and it can easily be configured to include Crazy Horse.

Leaving Rushmore, you can take Hwy 16A back or continue the journey on the famed Needles Highway.