The 9 Best Sightseeing Tours in South Dakota!

Whether Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, the state capitol, the Corn Palace, Wall, or Falls Park, tourists are drawn to South Dakota in droves! There’s a sight to see virtually around every corner. Experience all the scenic beauty and fascinating history of the state by taking the best sightseeing tours in South Dakota! 

1. Black Hills Balloons, Custer, SD

With 30 years of tour experience and the largest, most modern balloons in the five-state area, Black Hills Balloons is a safe, exciting adventure! This tour flies over the ponderosa pine forests and mountains of the Black Hills. Reservations are required. On the day of the tour, guests are taken to a field to watch the balloon being inflated, which takes approximately 20 minutes. The tour lasts one hour, and guests are treated to views of local wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and a beautiful sunrise. Upon landing, guests are toasted with champagne while the ground crew packs up the balloon and equipment.

2. Black Hills Open-Top Tours, Rapid City, SD

Tour the Black Hills with an experienced and knowledgeable guide in an open-top vehicle. Options include the Mount Rushmore Safari Tours, Custer State Park, Wild Horse Sanctuary, Mammoth Site, Big Bus Can’t Go There Tour to Custer and Keystone, Buffalo Safari Tour, 1880 Train, Crazy Horse Day Tour, Deadwood, Devils Tower, the Badlands, Wine Tour, Craft Beer Can Tour, Buffalo Roundup, Wounded Knee Massacre & Badlands, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation tour. No matter what attractions visitors want to see, Black Hills Open-Top Tours has a sightseeing tour available!

3. Affordable Adventures, Rapid City, SD

Affordable Adventures is open year round, requires no deposit, all attraction fees are included, has free pickup and drop off for any hotel in the Rapid City area, smaller groups are accepted, and the guides are flexible with rest stops and photo opportunities. This tour is the best bang for your buck and has many tours available around western South Dakota. Tour options include Mount Rushmore & Crazy Horse and Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills, Custer State Park and Needles Highway, Mount Rushmore Night Lighting Program, Crazy Horse Laser Light Show, Northern Black Hills (Deadwood, Lead, and Spearfish Canyon), Badlands and Wall Drug, Rapid City, 1880 Train, Devils Tower, Pine Ridge Reservation, Buffalo Roundup, Wind Cave, and Jewel Cave tours. 

4. GeoFunTrek Tours, Keystone, SD

GeoFunTrek tours is a family owned and operated business that was founded by a husband and wife team of travel professionals. Custom and private tours are offered. Tour packages available are “The Best of the Black Hills! - Three National Treasures,” “The Badlands & You,” “The Badlands - Sunbeams and Moonbeams,” “Dinosaurs and More - Your Trip Along the Trail of Life on Earth,” “Black Hills History - There’s Food & Drink in Them Thar Hills,” “Your Heart in the Black Hills, Deadwood and the Northern Black Hills,” “Southern Black Hills - Horses and Mammoths and Bison, Oh my!,” “Native Americans - Their History and Culture,” “Black Hills Ghost Towns & Gold Mines Tour,” “Black Hills Mining History and Technology”, and “Art and Wine in the Black Hills!” 

5. Black Hills Discovery Tours, Lead, SD

Since 2001, Black Hills Discovery Tours has given tourists an adventure they will never forget! These affordable tours are led by an expert guide in a cool, comfortable bus. Groups are never more than 10 people, so the guide can answer all guest questions. All attraction fees are included. Tour packages include the Southern Black Hills Tour and Mount Rushmore Monument, Southern Black Hills Adventure, and custom tours at Wall Drug and the Badlands.

6. Hurley Butte Horseback Riding, Interior, SD

Explore the Badlands area like the cowboys did! These guided horseback tours take one to five riders around the top of Hurley Butte and the surrounding grassland. Tours start at the working ranch, and visitors can see ranch life. Reservations are required. The horses are well cared for and each rider is matched to the perfect horse. This trail is off-the-beaten path, so make sure to call for more information. 

7. Black Hills Adventure Tours, Rapid City, SD

This tour company has top-notch guides that take guests up close and personal with the amazing sights and wildlife of the Black Hills. Whether sightseeing tours, adventure tours, or paddleboat & kayak rentals, this company makes vacations perfect. Tour packages include the Badlands, Black Hills, Northern Hills, Buffalo Jeep Ride, Native American Culture, 1880 Train and Reptile Gardens, Black Hills Wine Tour, Mammoth Site and Rushmore Cave, Mickelson Trail Bike Ride, and more!

8. Blacktail Horseback and Walking Tours, Deadwood, SD

Experience the Black Hills like the settlers by winding through meadows and forest paths on horseback. Guests are paired with a horse and given riding instructions. The tour begins at Bessie Gulch and winds uphill through switchbacks to a scenic overlook. The guide tells the history of the Homestake Gold Mine and the surrounding area. Reservations are required.

9. Dakota Tours, Summerset, SD

Sit back and relax on these bus tours as the guide shows you the beauty and history of the Black Hills. Their tours go to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, and more!

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