I've always said that we live in one of the most beautiful places in the US. The Black Hills, even with the tourism we get, is still a hidden gem. With gas prices ever creeping higher and summer vacation time coming we are faced with a decision, to go or to stay?
Well, if you are in the mood to save some money this summer and still have some fun then it's time to opt for a staycation! Lucky for us we have some many things to see and do in the Hills that we definetly won't be sitting around bored on "vacation". Here are some free activities to check out in the Black Hills on your staycation this summer!
One of my very favorite towns in the Hills is Keystone. I love that you can walk through the whole town easily and there are all kinds of fun shops to check out. Make sure you watch the taffy pullers at work and get your picture taken at one of the old fashioned photo studios.
If you feel like a walk you can do the Keystone Walking Tour in old town Keystone. Pick up a map at the Chamber or near the post office and check out all the neat old buildings along Battle Creek.
Also while you are in Keystone make sure you stop in the Keystone Schoolhouse Museum. It's free admission and they house all kinds of historic items and photography from the area. They also have a lot of Carrie Ingalls memorabilia and a nice little gift shop.
If you want to stay around Rapid City on your staycation make sure to visit the Museum of Geology at the School of Mines. The museum displays many fossils and agates from the area. The museum is free to visit.
If you head up to the north Hills for something to do make sure to make a day of walking through the DC Booth Fish Hatchery. The hatchery features historical buildings and displays plus fish of course! The grounds are beautiful to walk through and if you make a day of it you can pack up a picnic lunch and eat it at the park right next to the fish hatchery.
Also make sure you take a drive through Spearfish Canyon while you are up in the area and stop at Bridal Veil, Roughlock, and Spearfish Falls along the way.
What are your favorite free or cheap places to visit in the Black Hills? Are you planning a staycation or a vacation this year?
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