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Day 1: Explore Sturgis
After arriving and getting settled in, you’ll want to get acquainted with the small-town charm that Sturgis has to offer. Take a walk down Main Street through the historic downtown district. Stop in some of the local shops like Sturgis Photo & Gifts, Just For Looks, and Black Hills Rally & Gold. For car and motorcycle enthusiasts, visiting both the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and the Saab Heritage Car Museum USA are musts. To learn a little more about the area’s unique history, take a tour at The Old Fort Meade Museum. Or, if you’d like to imbibe in a beverage, head to The Knuckle Brewing Company for some craft beer. Maybe wine is more your style, in which case you should plan to visit Belle Joli Winery Sparkling House. At Belle Joli, you can tour the vineyard and learn about the production process, or just enjoy a glass of wine on the beautiful outdoor patio. Looking to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors? You’re in luck. Sturgis has an expansive trail system near town that’s perfect for hiking and biking. Another option is to make the short drive to nearby Bear Butte State Park and hike to the summit of Bear Butte, where you’ll be greeted with spectacular views.
Day 2: Black Hills SightseeingRise and shine early to ensure you see as much as possible in Black Hills country! Grab coffee at Sturgis Coffee Company, or, if you can’t resist a good donut, try Weimer’s Diner & Donuts. After you get caffeinated and/or fed, hit the road and head for Wind Cave National Park. Wind Cave National Park is an incredibly unique park featuring a complex cave system that includes Wind Cave, one of the longest caves in the world. To get the most out of your visit, schedule a cave tour ahead of time. If you just can’t get enough of the caves, you may also want to check out Jewel Cave National Monument. After you get your fill of cave exploration, the next stop is Custer State Park. No Black Hills vacation is complete without a visit to Custer State Park. You could easily spend three days there, but if you don’t have that much time, here are a few recommendations for making the most of a quick visit to Custer State Park.
- Drive the Wildlife Loop Along this scenic byway, you’ll get up close and personal with a variety of wildlife including bison, elk, and burros. Even though these animals may act friendly, they are still wild, so be sure to respect them and give them their space.
- Take the breathtakingly scenic drive along Needles Highway This route features views of magnificent rock formations, forested hills, and maybe even a mountain goat or two. For a closer look, pull over at the scenic overlook or take a short hike on the Cathedral Spires trail. After driving through the nail-bitingly narrow Needles Eye Tunnel, it won’t be long before you arrive at Sylvan Lake.
- Stop at Sylvan Lake and admire the views Aptly named the “crown jewel” of Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake is one of the most peaceful and picturesque places in the park. Stroll around the lake, enjoy a lakeside picnic, or take a kayak out for a relaxing paddle.
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