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Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour in Black Hills and Mt Rushmore

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Don't miss a thing as our Audio Driving Tour takes you on 3 incredible self-guided routes through the Black Hills mountains, canyons and forests, unique rock formations in Badlands National Park, the gigantic carvings at Mount Rushmore and wildlife spotting in Custer State Park.

You'll hear fascinating behind-the-scenes stories, local tips and directions that plays automatically as you drive along the routes.

And enjoy the freedom to explore offline at your own pace; spending more time at places that interest you, and bypass any that don’t.

✅ Stories, tips and directions play automatically based on your location
✅ Travel at your own pace
✅ Tours work offline using GPS, no cell service or WiFi needed
✅ Suggested itineraries for half, full or multi day use
✅ No time limits or expiry, free updates

Purchase one tour per vehicle.

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elliottq
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
October 25, 2022
I loved Gypsy guide. It made our trip so much more enjoyable. It worked perfectly and as advertised. The variety and depth of stories was excellent as was the guidance on the routes. The website was also helpful, as was a call I made during my trip planning, to one of their staff. We used the Black Hills, Rushmore, Devils Tower & Badlands National Park Tour version. The guide knows via GPS where you are on the route and starts guidance/story telling as appropriate. It does it in bite-size chunks so that every few minutes or so it is quiet, allowing us to think and or discuss together what was said. Very well planned indeed. At only $13 it is an amazing buy. I would have paid 2x or 3x for what it provided. That being said, there were 1 or 2 minor glitches and the one improvement I would like to have made, namely to have it interface with Apple Car Play. The audio itself worked great with my 2022 car’s interface, and picked up whenever it was supposed to and play thru the car’s audio. However, there were times we wanted to look at a map or be sure where we were relative to your talk points, especially for the Custer Park part of the tour. What would have made the product better is if the map it threw up on the iPhone was more clear AND if that came up on the Car Play display. Then I would never have to touch the iPhone. Besides that one enhancement request, we were exceedingly happy with our purchase. This is a great product.
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Nancy M
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
October 15, 2022
Easy to put on my phone and easy to follow. So much information from the speaker! Wonderful way to see the Badlands and Custer Park area!!
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Howard K
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
October 10, 2022
We had booked an all day tour of Mount Rushmore and adjacent attractions with a local bus tour company who called and canceled our reservation because “they were short a driver”. More likely, being late in the season they were likely under booked and decided to cancel. The alternative tour companies they recommended were twice the price. I saw the option of the self guided tour and since we were comfortable driving and the reviews were quite good, we decided we would go for the $12.95 price. I had a little difficulty with the sound setup and called for support and was called back in a very few minutes. We ended up using the basic setup with sound coming from my iPhone which was just fine. As it happened, the tour to Mt. Rushmore following the Needles Highway was amazing and could never be experienced on a bus because of the several very small tunnels. It was a highlight of trip through Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse Monument and Mt. Rushmore. The GPS base narrative was incredibly informative and worked flawlessly. We highly recommend this tour choice.
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Itinerary
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Stop At: The Black Hills, The Black Hills, South Dakota

As the audio guides play commentary based on your gps location, you can create your own itinerary along the tour route(s) to match your interests and schedule.

Or you can use our trip planners for our suggestions on half, full or multi day itineraries.

Some of the many highlights are listed below;

Duration: 1 day

Stop At: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 13000 Hwy 244, Keystone, SD 57751-4403

The most famous and recognizable memorial celebrating the nationhood of the USA must be the 4 presidential faces that look out from Mount Rushmore. Though you will have seen it many times depicted on TV, movies and photos, there is no equivalent to seeing it with your own eyes and feeling the scale and depth of the sculpture.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Custer State Park, 13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730-8351

Take a leisurely drive through an enormous area of natural habitat of rolling prairie hills with open grasslands and some pine forest.

Though the drive is officially only 18-miles long, expect to spend at least 1 hour, but if you enjoy spotting wildlife, its easy to spend 3 or more hours watching. Also explore some of the side roads that branch off the main route.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Devils Tower National Monument, Highway 110, Devils Tower, WY 82714

Devils Tower was always a place of intrigue and fascination since it became the nation's first National Monument. For a multitude of generations before that, and continuing to this day, Native Americans celebrate the site for its spiritual importance. The Tower was thrust into pop culture in the 1970's sci-fi classic as the geographical star of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Badlands National Park, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Western South Dakota delivers a wide variety of spectacular landscapes ranging from the prairies grassland and rock formations of the Badlands National Park, through to the mountains, canyons and forests of the Black Hills for you to explore.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Crazy Horse Memorial, 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900

In 1948, Sioux Chief Henry Standing Bear approached a Polish sculptor about creating another larger than life sculpture on Thunderhead Mountain - this time celebrating Sioux and other Northern Plains native groups through a depiction of Crazy Horse.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Keystone, Keystone, South Dakota

Once a mining boom town, Keystone today is the nearest community to Mount Rushmore. It is filled with hotels, restaurants, cafes and stores to find your perfect Mount Rushmore souvenir.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Rapid City, Rapid City, South Dakota

The hub of the three best scenic drives in this part of South Dakota is Rapid City and it is the ideal place to base your accommodations, and to do some exploring in this lively town.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Sylvan Lake, Custer, SD

Located along route 87, Sylvan Lake is described as the Jewel of Custer State Park.

If time allows, it's very worthwhile to allocate 45 minutes or so to enjoy the relatively easy 1.1 mile trail around the lake. The combination of grassy shores, still lake water and granite formations rising from the water are truly scenic.

For more dedicated and prepared hikers, this is also the starting point for the Black Elk Peak trail, a 7 mile loop that rises 1100 feet to South Dakota's highest point.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Iron Mountain Road, Custer State Park, Custer, SD

The final 45 minute approach of the recommended direction to Mount Rushmore follows the amazing Iron Mountain Road. We'll encounter tunnels, pigtail bridges, superb lookouts and 314 curves. It is a scenic delight!

The most magical moment of the drive is the view through the Scovel Tunnel where 4 presidential faces greet you at the other end, like a postcard.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Bridal Veil Falls, Spearfish Canyon Highway, Spearfish, SD 57783

This 60 foot, narrow, wispy spray of water sits right beside the road in Spearfish Canyon. It's easy to capture that perfect photo right from the viewing platform.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Deadwood, Deadwood, South Dakota

One of the most famous wild-west towns in the entire country - Deadwood became legendary for it's gold rush boom and the multitude of characters who we recognize to this day.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Roughlock Falls State Nature Area, 10619 Roughlock Falls Rd On FDR 222 near Savoy, Lead, SD 57754-3783

From the tiny ex-sawmill town of Savoy on the Spearfish Canyon Road, Roughlock Falls is an easy and popular spot to visit with an attractive waterfall easily accessed by boardwalk. Extend your visit with a 1 mile stream-side walking trail to the falls from the Spearfish Lodge.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, Alt Route 14, Spearfish, SD

Spearfish Canyon is a superb 19 mile stretch of road with stunning waterfalls and 1000 foot high limestone walls.

This scenic drive connects the town of Spearfish with Savoy and Cheyenne Crossing, following the Spearfish Creek all the way.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Badlands Wall, Badlands National Park, SD

At different times during the drive through the Badlands, we will pass through the Upper and Lower Prairie. The barrier that separates these 2 levels is known as the Wall.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Door Trail, Badlands National Park, SD

The 3/4 mile Door Trail is the most popular as you follow a boardwalk until reaching a notch in the rock - the Door. Through the Door, hikers can venture into the amazing rock formations, characteristic of the Badlands. The shorter option is known as the Window Trail, just 1/4 mile long.


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Fossil Exhibit Trail, Badlands National Park, SD

This easy 0.25 mile boardwalk is dedicated to the stories of fossils that have been found throughout the park.

During its history, what is now the park has experienced perfect conditions leading to animal, plant and insect life forms to be quickly buried in silt of mud. When these events are timed just right, bones, teeth and shells especially are preserved to provide us a window to past times.

Fossil finds are active to this day.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, 24545 Cottonwood Rd, Philip, SD 57567-7002

For a complete change of theme in the Badlands, there is an opportunity to experience an important location from the Cold War arms race era. The Minuteman Missile Visitor Center serves as a museum and an opportunity to visit now decommissioned nuclear missile silos and control centers.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Sage Creek Rim Road, Badlands National Park, SD

The Roberts Prairie Dog Town on Sagecreek Rim Rd at the western end of Badlands is the perfect place to watch a whole community of these fun creatures doing their thing.

As we approach, there are many stories and tips of unique behavior to watch out for. The more time you have available to simply stay and watch, the more you will enjoy how the town works together.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Yellow Mounds Overlook, Badlands Loop Road, Badlands National Park, SD

One of the best vistas in Badlands National Park, the view from this overlook reveals classic buttes and erosion.

The unique coloring in bands across these mounds, ranges from yellow and beige through to pink. The formation originated as black, ocean mud which has weathered through exposure to air into this highly photographic yellow display.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Needles Highway, Custer State Park, SD

A fantastic section of the Black Hills driving loop takes us on an enjoyable winding route through beautiful terrain and impressive rock formations.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Beaver Creek, Wind Cave National Park, SD

These 2 cave systems are incredible and if you have time in your itinerary, should not be missed.

Both locations require driving on side trips off the Black Hills Loop tour route. If you follow the loop, the commentary will include descriptions of where to turn off for these these places, and details of how to visit. Simply return to the tour route when you are done.

Duration: 6 hours

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Please follow current State and National Park guidelines.
Inclusions
  • Guide App & Black Hills, Rushmore & Badlands Audio Tours
  • Freedom to explore at your own pace
  • Stories, tips and directions that play automatically based on your location
  • In-App travel tips, tour planning advice and suggested itineraries
  • Ability to design your own itinerary based on your time and interests
  • Email, chat and call support


Exclusions
  • Entrance Fees
  • National Park Passes
  • Reservations
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Entry/Admission - Custer State Park
  • Entry/Admission - Devils Tower National Monument
  • Entry/Admission - Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Entry/Admission - Door Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Fossil Exhibit Trail
  • Entry/Admission - Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
  • Entry/Admission - Roberts Prairie Dog Town
  • Entry/Admission - Yellow Mounds Overlook
  • Entry/Admission - Wind Cave National Park


Departure Point
1: 7QVW+V4 Rozet, 7QVW+V4R Rozet, WY, USA
2: R8PP+WG Kadoka, R8PP+WGP Kadoka, SD, USA
3: Rapid City, SD, USA


Departure Time
Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour in Black Hills and Mt Rushmore
2/24/2022 - 2/22/2024
Monday - Sunday : 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM


Duration
4 to 12 hours

Return Details
Black Hills, United States


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