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In 1887, miners flocked to Hill City, SD for gold nuggets. Today, vacationers in-the-know head to Hill City for its goldmine of Black Hills hospitality. Centrally located to the most popular attractions in the Hills, this quaint, little town of 948 has become the savvy traveler’s favorite destination for making it easy to do it all – or do nothing – with their precious vacation time.

Just minutes from Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument, Hill City lives up to its nickname, “the heart of the Hills.” By making Hill City their vacation headquarters, travelers enjoy easy access to attractions, hiking, biking and sight-seeing in every direction in the Hills.

Hill City (www.hillcitysd.com) is a favorite destination for both locals and visitors because of its many popular events. With a growing reputation for its vibrant art scene, Hill City kicks off spring with the annual Black Hills Film Festival and Art Extravaganza. Home to many acclaimed artists and artisans year-round, Sculpture in the Hills brings even more beautiful work and renowned artists to the area. With new events added and updated each year, the largest logging show in the area helps you transform yourself into a lumberjack and the Wine, Brew & BBQ puts you toe to grill with some of the world’s best barbeque chefs. Watch, taste test and learn from the masters as they compete for cash prizes and a coveted spot in the Jack Daniels World BBQ Championship.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Hill City boasts easy access to over 200 miles of trails. The 109 mile Mickelson Trail was named one of the top ten most beautiful trails in the world and runs right through the center of town. If you’re looking for something a little more on the wild side, the 111 miles of Centennial Trail are minutes away and take you through one of the most outstanding wilderness areas in the lower 48 states, the Black Elk Wilderness. And, to see it all at once, take a trek to the top of the highest mountain in South Dakota and east of the Rockies, Harney Peak with an elevation of 7,244’.

Be sure to include time in your plans to visit our award winning wineries and micro-breweries, step back in time at one of the many museums, enjoy the breathtaking scenery aboard the1880 Train and enjoy a memorable meal at one of Hill City’s many unique restaurants. When you’re ready to wind down, numerous bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels and campgrounds will ensure you find the perfect lodging match for your travel style.

Come stay, play and explore in Hill City…and return home with a gold mine of memories from the heart of the Hills and your best vacation ever!