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Sunrise Hiking

Wildlife Loop Road

This 18-mile loop winds through prime grazing prairies, bringing you face-to-face with the park’s hoofed residents: antelope, elk, deer and buffalo. The best time to visit is either sunset or sunrise since everyone is most active at dusk and dawn. Allow one to two hours for the drive, depending on buffalo traffic.

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Sylvan Lake

It’s hard to believe Sylvan Lake is real. That’s how scenic it is. Rent a kayak or paddleboard for aquatic adventuring or pull up some shoreline for a picturesque picnic. It’s fun beyond the water, too. This Custer State Park gem is ringed with easy hiking trails, one of which is the trailhead to Black Elk Peak.

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Seeing the famous faces is one thing. Standing underneath them is another. Discover the story of how these granite faces were carved as you connect with your inner revolutionary at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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Skogen Kitchen

Vacations are just elaborate excuses to eat in new places. That's what we like to think, anyway. Try the inspired flavors at chef-driven Skogen Kitchen. Plan ahead and get a reservation, as seating in this joint is a hot commodity. One bit and you’ll learn why.

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Recharge & Repeat

With this much to see and do, you’re going to want a good night’s sleep before starting the day’s adventure. Custer has 14 cozy, convenient hotels to hang your hat after a hard day on the trail. Your home base for relaxation is only a phone call or click away.

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