Surrounded by beauty and full of fun, Custer is the place to establish vacation headquarters
Shortly after George Custer’s 1874 expedition discovered gold in the Black Hills, a town named for the famed Army officer sprung up in the valley of the discovery. Now the western gateway to the natural wonders of Custer State Park, the town of Custer provides everything a traveling visitor could want. Lodging options range from rustic cabins to glamping teepees & campgrounds and swanky restored historic hotels. Some of the state’s most revered dining establishments are in Custer–try gourmet Norwegian fare at Skogen Kitchen, top-notch beef at Black Hills Burger and Bun, or homemade fresh desserts at Bobkat’s Purple Pie Place. Unique souvenirs are available at numerous shops along Custer’s Main Street, which was built extra wide to accommodate oxen-pulled wagons making U-turns back in the day. Connecting Custer with the rest of the Black Hills is the 109-mile Mickelson Trail biking/hiking path that runs right through the center of town.