The Black Hills of South Dakota—including Mount Rushmore—and nearby Badlands National Park are the sites of Just Ahead’s most recent smartphone audio guides. Both audio tours guide travelers to and through some of America’s most scenic roads and historic landscapes.
The Black Hills are filled with history and wonders, and the Just Ahead guide directs you to all of the best of them: The awe-inspiring mountain carvings at Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Wildlife-rich Custer State Park (don’t feed the bison!). Stunning scenic highways: Spearfish Canyon, Needles Highway, and Iron Mountain Road. And historic towns that retain their rough-and-tumble character, such as Deadwood, Lead, Spearfish, and Sturgis.
The Black Hills are also home to Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park. In fact, mile for mile, few regions anywhere are as packed with natural and historic attractions. With Just Ahead’s narrated tour playing in your car, you’ll learn about all of them. And you’re freed of the need to thumb through guidebooks or to deal with unwieldy maps. We suggest where to go, spell out all your options, tell you background stories, and accompany you with friendly narration along hundreds of miles of scenic roads.
Our Badlands National Park guide is a natural companion to the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore Guide. The park comprises wildly eroded landscapes and soul-stirring expanses of prairie grasslands. We guide you to all of the park’s main attractions on its scenic loop road, suggest some great hikes to take, and guide you on a memorable side trip down Sage Creek Rim Road. There you’ll see prairie dogs, bison, and miles of wide open spaces.
Outside the park, the Badlands area is also famous for two fascinating sites. At Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, you can visit nuclear missile silos and sense the palpable tension of the Cold War era. And in the small town of Wall, you can learn about the native Lakota Sioux Indians and a painful legacy at the Wounded Knee Museum. Wall is also home to Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and that enduring favorite oasis of cross-country travelers for decades—Wall Drug.
Both guides are available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.