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4 Great Places To Experience The Scenery Of The Black Hills

Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, at a local ice cream shop, or perhaps home taking a nap.

January 07, 2021

Let's start off by stating the obvious, there are no bad places to find stunning scenery in the Black Hills. But if you're overwhelmed with all the gorgeous possibilities, these are four great places to start. 

1. Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower

Fall view of Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower in the Black Hills


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mount Roosevelt Friendship Tower was built in 1919 by famous Deadwood Sheriff, Seth Bullock, as a dedication to his friend President Theodore Roosevelt. The tower offers gorgeous views of the surrounding Black Hills and has five picnic sites for visitors to enjoy.

2. Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Spearfish Canyon Roughlock Falls


Gear up for a leisurely drive or bike ride through 20 miles of gorgeous foliage peppered with canyon waterfalls. Take time to pull over and soak in the views while capturing candid moments. The hiking trails range from beginner-friendly strolls to more challenging paths across creeks and through caves - perfect conditions to cool off on a hot day. 

3. Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Tour bus going through the tunnel on Needles Highway


If hairpin turns are more your speed, this route is for you. Get fantastic views of, Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore on this 70-mile byway. Don't miss Iron Mountain Road and Needles Highway for some of the best scenery our area offers. 

4. Breezy Point

Breezy Point Picnic Area look out


How does lunch with a view sound? Post up at this off-the-beaten-path picnic area for panoramic views of the Black Elk Peak Wilderness, Mount Rushmore, Black Elk Peak and several cities in the distance. 

Want more? Head over to our Top Ten Scenic Cruises and Top Ten Hiking Trails for other ways to experience the beauty of our area!

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