The Black Hills of South Dakota hosts a surprising number of sights and attractions that make it an ideal summer vacation destination. Outdoor adventures abound, with countless lakes ideal for swimming, fishing and other activities on the water, particularly Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. On the park’s scenic Wildlife Loop Road, all types of animals are frequently spotted, including large numbers of bison, elk, pronghorn, deer, coyotes, prairie dogs, eagles, and even wild burros. Suppose you’re here on the biggest holiday of the summer, the Fourth of July. In that case, you can celebrate with Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt at Mount Rushmore by taking in a spectacular fireworks display and more. Within just minutes of this famous monument is Wild West shows in Hill City, gold panning in Keystone, cave tours in Custer and much more.