There is enough to keep one busy in the area of South Dakota around Rapid City for at least several weeks, although itineraries are presented for shorter trips. There’s quite a bit packed into a relatively small geographical area – both natural and and man made attractions. Highlights of this guide book are of course Mt. Rushmore (one of America’s most visited monuments with over 3 million visitors/year) but also Crazy Horse Mountain, Custer State Park, the Black Hills and the Badlands.
Additional itineraries are suggested for families and those interested in art, history and culture. 23 detailed maps are scattered throughout the book and additional tips are presented about hiking, what to wear, and general trip planning. This guide is written by Laural A. Bidwell, a bookstore owner and local resident.