Custer, SD, was the site of a major encampment established in 1874 by George Armstrong Custer’s 7th Cavalry, giving this town its distinctive name. From gold rush memorabilia to glimpses into Native American history, you’re sure to find more than enough historic exploration to fill your visit. If you are a thrill seeker, you will find even more opportunities to get your heart pumping with adrenaline-filled activities.
For stimulating introduction to the region, take a short drive to South Dakota’s top tourist attraction and one of the country’s most popular historical sites: Mt Rushmore, located just 20 miles north of the county seat. Catch a glimpse of this famous monument, carved out of granite and featuring 60-foot tall depictions of U.S. Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.
Travel back in time at Circle B Chuckwagon and Trail Rides, a Black Hills encampment that, for more than three decades, has offered visitors a historical western adventure. Enjoy a trail ride, gunfight performance, target shooting, pony rides, panning for gems and authentic, catered cowboy meals.
You won’t want to pass up a chance to visit to Crazy Horse Memorial, a Black Hills monument depicting Oglala Lakota warrior, Crazy Horse, sculpted on the side of Thunderhead Mountain. Started in 1948 and still a work in progress, the monument is expected to be completed in 2120, by which time the head of Crazy horse will be 87 feet high. Mt. Rushmore carvings, by comparison, are 60 feet high.
When you book a room at one of our IHG hotels in Custer, all of these attractions and activities are just minutes away. At the end of the day, you can relax in your comfortable and affordable IHG hotel room, knowing you’ve gotten a great deal for the price.