Complete your tour of Hot Springs in the morning, and then drive north on Highway 87 through Wind Cave National Park to Custer State Park. Jeep tours to see free-roaming buffalo are a unique way to explore Custer State Park, one of the largest state parks in America.
From Custer, take Highway 16 west to Jewel Cave National Monument, the second-longest cave in the world, named for the jewel-like calcite crystals that line its passages.
Head east back to Custer and on to America’s Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
On the way to Rapid City, via Highway 16, evening meals and entertainment can include dinner in Keystone, a chuckwagon supper and show, or the Mount Rushmore lighting ceremony. Rapid City's choices of attractions include a drive-through wildlife park, a road-side stop featuring one of the world's largest collections of reptiles, Black Hills Gold jewelry manufacturing and Native American attractions. Overnight in Rapid City.
From Sturgis, take Highway 14A to Deadwood. There, visitors can walk the streets made famous by Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, take a historic tour or test their luck at one of the gaming parlors offering slots, Blackjack and poker. Overnight in Deadwood.
Depart Deadwood for scenic Spearfish Canyon, one of the film locations for the movie “Dances With Wolves.”
Then travel on Interstate 90 to Wyoming. Once in Wyoming, head for Devils Tower National Monument, featured in the film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Tour through the Big Horn Mountains and continue on to the town of Cody, founded by Buffalo Bill. Tour Cody's Trail Town Historic Site and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. There is a nightly rodeo in Cody throughout the summer. Overnight in Cody.