Black Hills Above and Beyond Tours
About Black Hills Above and Beyond Tours
"The Above and Beyond Bargain Tour"
Our daily tour begins at Mount Rushmore! We drop you off at the front steps to this magnificent National Memorial, so you can wander for over an hour under the spectacular 60-foot high granite faces and tour the Visitor Center with theatres and museum.
Next we travel the exciting Iron Mountain Road, with 314 turns, two divided highways, three wooden spiral bridges, and three granite carved tunnels! What a fun highway!
Then we enter Custer State Park, a 71,000 acre wildlife preserve! We treat you to an all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet at the historic State Game Lodge, affectionately known as the Summer White House. While there, see the historic suites where President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, Grace, lived from mid-June to mid-September in 1927, and also see the room occupied by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in June of 1953.
After lunch we go out searching for buffalo and other wild animals. The park is home to such wildlife as North American Pronghorn Antelope, elk, whitetailed deer, mule deer, big horn sheep, white mountain goats, prairie dogs, coyotes and yellow-bellied marmots.
Next we climb to 6,000 feet to drive the scenic and amazing Needles Highway! You will see fantastic granite rock structures, scenic overlooks, narrow dynamite-blasted tunnels, towering needle-like spires of granite, and the beautiful, idyllic Sylvan Lake!
Then we head for the incredible Crazy Horse Memorial -- the world's largest mountain carving in progress! We drop you off in front of the Visitor Center where you will find an informative and entertaining orientation film in large theaters enclosed within the huge and fascinating Native American Museum of North America! You will be overwhelmed with the amount of authentic artifacts and beautiful works of art from Native American tribes from all over the North American continent! Visit also, the sculptor's studio, the living room of the sculptor's hand-built log cabin home adorned with artwork, music pieces and beautiful furniture. The entire complex is simply monumental!
Then it is time to take you home, with memories, information, stories, and even a few old jokes told by our experienced, knowledgeable, friendly and fun tour guides! We go "Above and Beyond" to make your day..."tour-ific!"
Where do you want to go?
Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Our nation's Shrine of Democracy.
Crazy Horse Memorial. The world's largest mountain carving in progress.
Custer State Park. Famous spectacular Needles Highway and one of the largest state park buffalo herds in the nation.
Devils Tower, Wyoming. America's 1st National Monument proclaimed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and featured in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Badlands National Park. Rare and fascinating land formations, teeming with wildlife.
Jewel Cave National Monument. One of the world's largest cave systems, with over 180 miles of mapped passageways, with stunning crystalline caverns.
Wind Cave National Park. Nation's first cave system adopted by the National Park Service, over a hundred miles of passageways, elk and buffalo herds and prairie dog towns.
Spearfish Canyon State and National Forest Service Scenic Byway. See towering limestone cliffs while following a rushing trout-filled mountain stream into the heart of an ancient mountain range with three separate beautiful waterfalls.
Historic Deadwood and Lead. Visit the graves of Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Old West Main Street, gambling, museums, summer shoot-outs on the street. Lead Homestake Mine, largest and longest producing gold mine in the Western Hemisphere, now site of the country's most modern underground science laboratory.
Kare Bear's Klassic "More Gravel in your Travel" Tour. Experience secret scenic and historic locations throughout the Black Hills off the beaten path.