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Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary

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Rapid City, United States
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Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

There's far more to the Black Hills than the faces on famous Mt. Rushmore, and this full-day tour is the best way to get out and experience it all. Explore the neighboring Crazy Horse Memorial before venturing out through Custer State Park for sightings of native wildlife. Throughout the tour, learn about the area's wealth of history and stories, and soak up beautiful mountain scenery you'd never expect of South Dakota.
  • Enjoy a narrated tour of famous Mt. Rushmore
  • See stunning Black Hills scenery
  • Visit Custer State Park and encounter wildlife
  • All entrance fees, and round-trip transfers included
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Hotel pick-up & drop at 7 Rapid City locations & 1 Keystone location
Driver with English live commentary in tour vehicle with 11 to 40 seats (Sprinter Van or Motorcoach)
Parking Fees
Gratuities
Lunch, snacks or drinks
Bus to Base at Crazy Horse (this is an elective side option, pay on own)

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7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.For those in the area of Keystone, SD: We will meet in the parking lot of the Rushmore Borglum Historical Center, 342 Winter Street between 8:20-8:40 AM.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Hotel pickup will commence approximately 45-60 minutes prior to the start time of the tour, see voucher for more details
  • The product is seasonal due to unpredictable weather condition from September to early May
  • Typical elevations are between 3200 ft to 4400 ft.
  • **Please list lodging location~we will respond with closest (8 locations) meeting point.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dakota Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What time can I expect to be picked up for the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?
A:Depending on location, pickups typically range between 7 am and 8 am for Rapid City hotels. Be sure to call the phone number on your ticket at least 48 hours prior to your departure to confirm exact pickup details.
May 2021
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Can I participate in the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary if I am not staying in a hotel?
A:Yes - The tour departs from 540 Deadwood Ave., Suite 211, Rapid City, SD 57702 at 6:40 am. Be sure to call the phone number on your ticket at least 48 hours prior to your departure to confirm exact pickup details.
May 2021
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Are there restrooms on the bus during the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?
A:Yes, and the tour makes several stops throughout the day to locations with restrooms as well.
May 2021
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Will we have time for lunch during the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?
A:Yes - Lunch is not included in the tour, however, there will be a lunch break scheduled in Custer, SD.
May 2021
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What should I wear on the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?
A:Dress for the weather. Bring a light jacket, as it can be cooler in the hills.
May 2021
Q:
How strenuous is the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?
A:There is a light amount of walking required on this tour. There are a few more moderate paths that you may choose to walk, but these are optional.
May 2021
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What type of transportation is used for the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?
A:This tour is conducted in a 47 seater Motorcoach.
May 2021
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Are there any restrictions to participate in the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?
A:All guests must be able to board and exit the bus and may use assistance from others in their party.
May 2021
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What is the policy on sanitization during Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I would say the trip is suitable for adults and children alike, on this occasion though we were travelling as a couple." See review
  • "Don't forget to try Thomas Jefferson's ice cream while you're there." See review
  • "I travel all over the country and world and highly recommend this trip especially if Bruce is the driver and tour guide!" See review

Reviews

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441 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Bruce, our guide was very...
Julia_R
, Oct 2021
Bruce, our guide was very knowledgeable not only about the tour sights but also fun facts on the local towns and history. The drive on Iron Mountain Road was exciting in a bus that seemed to just fit the tunnels. The tour gave plenty of time to see each monument and not feel rushed. Custer was a quaint town for lunch. I highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much for reviewing our Mount Rushmore & More Tour with our wonderful driver, Bruce! We appreciate it!
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star-4
In Love with SD
Anna_E
, Sep 2021
Most memorable parts of this tour is being worry free about getting to a certain places on time and avoided when crowds were highest. Of course Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore, and the beautiful Black Hills. South Dakota has the best hamburgers ever, hands down. Loved Horatio's Homemade Ice Cream shop in Custer, SD. OMG!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for coming to South Dakota! Hope to see you again sometime!
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star-5
Great fun day
kim_b
, Sep 2021
We were so glad we took your bus tour instead of driving our car! Beautiful scenery. Bruce made the trip! So knowledgeable and sweet. It was a perfect day! Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for reviewing our tour as a Great Fun Day!
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star-5
Our tour guide, Bruce,...
Richard_N
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide, Bruce, was great - pleasant and very informative. We had plenty of time at each attraction.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the Mount Rushmore & More Tour with Bruce, thank you so much for taking Dakota Tours!
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star-5
Great Tour
Sharon_B
, Sep 2021
Wonderful tour. Tips for what to do and overview at each stop. Comfortable coach. Effortless touring. Perfect amount of time allowed at each venue. Great day!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dakota Tours thanks you for taking our tour and reviewing on how your day went. We appreciate hearing from you!
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Did not deliver
Susanna_K
, Sep 2021
Did not deliver what was promised in the ad. Promised 2 hours at Custer State Park to view wild life. They stopped in the town of Custer for 90 min and 15 minutes the Park. Not cool.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
The timing of the Mount Rushmore and More tour is based on years of operating with both guests input and driver input. The lunch break is allowed for all to enjoy and not feel rushed at their on personal selected locations. A little confused on the 15 minutes in Custer State Park. That is not possible. You were in Custer State Park shortly after the small town of Custer and there until you end off of Iron Mountain Road with a break in there as well. It takes a good 1 1/2 to 2 hours to do on any given day. Your driver will do his/her best to find wildlife along the way, but keep in mind the wildlife are free roaming in a 71,000 acre park. We appreciate your input.
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star-5
Excellent tour.
Joseph_H
, Sep 2021
Iron Mountain Road was the best part. Would recommend to anyone. Would do it again. Weather was excellent. Driver was knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dakota Tours thanks you for giving the review "Excellent Tour"!
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star-5
Great Trip
Carol_B
, Sep 2021
We had such a great day. Bruce was such a knowledgable driver. Loved seeing Mt Rushmore up close and Crazy Horse.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for submitting your review saying it was such a great day! We appreciate it!
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star-5
Nice!
Kevin_B
, Sep 2021
Everything! Bruce is one heck of a driver and still is extremely informative. The opportunities for breaks were well-timed. Legroom was a non-issue for me at almkst 6' 4" tall. The tour was not in the order listed on the itinerary online, but we thought it turned out better with Mount Rushmore more spectacular in the early morning sun. Recommend highly as a break from driving - and the big sightseeing windows in the bus.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for your "Nice!" review! Good to hear the ride was good and that you enjoyed your day with Bruce and the stops in the Black Hills for the day. On occasion the itinerary may get rearranged, but in the end you do see all that is listed. Again, thank you!
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star-5
Great
Nancy_H
, Sep 2021
Very informative. Wer never would have learned all we did on our owe. Bruce was very helpful. So glad wer did this.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for submitting your experiece with Dakota Tours and Bruce! So happy you selected the Black Hills of South Dakota as your tour destination!
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star-4
Bus tour was a great learning experience
Kay_M
, Sep 2021
Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse we're awesome. Wish we had more time at these two places. Bruce was very good at narrating the entire tour. We also received great travel tips for our remaining stay. Great learning experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Happy to hear that your tour experience with Dakota Tours and especially with Bruce were great. This is such a special area with so much to do beyond the "Big" attractions. Thank you!
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star-5
Wonderful experience
Michele_H
, Sep 2021
Excellent driver/guide. Very knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. Would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the sights.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for the wonderful review! So glad you selected Dakota Tours for your sightseeing while in the Black Hills!
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star-5
Great Experience
Peter_M
, Sep 2021
Our driver Bruce was excellent and was very knowledgeable about Mount Rushmore and Chief Crazy Horse. Plus he was an excellent driver through out our tour. Would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We thank you for highly recommending Dakota Tours and Bruce! We so appreciate your review as a great experience!
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star-5
A wonderful trip
Mavis_M
, Sep 2021
Bruce was great! He gave us good information about Mt. Rushmore and the surrounding areas--he was not overbearing with jokes and useless chatter but gave us a really good tour. I would certainly recommend Viator again. He's an excellent driver--anyone who can negotiate those tunnels in my book, deserves a medal. Thank you Bruce for keeping us safe and giving us a memorable time. My only critisism is that a longer time is needed at the Crazy Horse venue as there was so much going on with the Native American dancing and of course, all the information surrounding the on-going development of the memorial.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for traveling with Dakota Tours! And, thank you for your kind words about Bruce! You gave a wonderful review for all and we appreciate that you selected our Mount Rushmore and More Tour by Dakota Tours!
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Cherry on top of of trip
Beth_C
, Sep 2021
The tour was exceptional! It was easy from start to finish. Signing up was easy. We were picked up near our hotel and had a great guide. Thanks Bruce! I learn more from Bruce about all the stops that I did at each stop. They stories about the history were great!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We thank you for your "EXCEPTIONAL" review of our Mount Rushmore and More Tour by Dakota Tours and your driver Bruce!
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star-5
Mt Rushmore Tour for First Time Visitors
Carol
, Sep 2021
What an awesome tour! Bruce was a wonderful driver. He provided so much information. He was prompt and a very safe driver. The bus was comfortable and super clean. He shared so many things about the area, and explained everything as we went along. We have been on tours in many different places, and we would have to say this was one of the best. If this is your first time visiting the Mt Rushmore area, we would highly recommend this tour. Thank you Bruce.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you! So happy you selected our Mount Rushmore & More Tour by Dakota Tours and your driver for the day, Bruce! It is truly a wonderful area and we enjoy doing this tour that has been done for decades.
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star-5
Outstanding
David_s
, Sep 2021
Tour was great.. driver was excellent . Nothing else to say...everything was great! I dont know how to say anymore than this. You shouldn't ask to keep asking to add more comments!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
WOW - All of us at Dakota Tours, THANK YOU!
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star-5
Wonderful!
Dennis_Hansinger
, Sep 2021
Bruce was excellent at explaing the history of the area. Such a good driver too. He made the tour very special for us. Thank you Bruce.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
We thank you for your WONDERFUL review on your day with Bruce!
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Our family trip
Debra_M
, Sep 2021
Driving through the tunnels and see the heads. The live commentary was great. Driver very friendly. Thank you Bruce
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for reviewing our Mount Rushmore and More tour with driver/guide, Bruce. We so appreciate it!
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We were very pleased with...
Connie_V
, Sep 2021
We were very pleased with our driver, Bruce. He was an excellent source of information as well as a very experienced bus driver. While we enjoyed Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the town of Custer and Custer State Park, the Iron Mountain road was so amazing with all its tunnels, pigtail and hairpin turns. This tour was the highlight of our Rapid City trip. A memory for our Golden wedding anniversary that we will treasure forever.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Congratulations on your 50th!! So happy you selected a South Dakota vacation destination and for taking Dakota Tours! Can I say it seems like 1971 should not be 50 years ago . . .
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