Starting in Rapid City, depart on Highway 16 south to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. View America’s most famous faces covered with a dusting of snow.
The next stop is Crazy Horse Memorial, the largest sculptural undertaking of its kind, where you can also visit the Indian Museum of North America and the sculptor’s studio. Custer makes a good lunch stop, and then head to the Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State Park to watch for buffalo, elk, deer, antelope and burros. From there, travel south on Highway 385 through Wind Cave National Park to Hot Springs. Take a dip in the natural, indoor warm-springs swimming pool. Overnight in Hot Springs.