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“Great tour of Mt Rushmore and the Black Hills” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Golden Circle Tours

Golden Circle Tours
Highway 16A, Box 4033, Custer, SD 57730
(605) 673-4349
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Ranked #4 of 4 activities in Custer
Type: Tours
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great tour of Mt Rushmore and the Black Hills”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

My husband and I booked a day tour with Golden Circle after seeing reviews on Trip Advisor. It was a wonderful day. Our driver/guide, Bruce, was very knowledgeable about the area, the history, and the little extra trivia that really makes it interesting.
We were the only ones on the tour for the day and were able to stop for photos whenever we asked. Bruce knew the best places for our shots and made sure we didn't miss anything including the bison that met us on the road.
Our tour included Custer State Park, Needles Highway, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse Mountain and lots of wildlife. This tour is well worth the cost and we recommend it highly to anyone who wants to see the area in a short time.

Visited September 2011
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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“Great way to see all the sights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

My husband, myself and our two boys booked a tour with Golden Circle and it was the highlight of our trip. We were picked up at the State Game Lodge in custer State park at 7:30 am by our tour guide B.J. Being from the Custer area, he was extremely knowledgeable about all the sights. The four of us were the only ones on this tour which was so awesome because it was like a private tour. We drove the Needles highway, Iron mountain road, Wildlife loop, and through Custer. We visited Crazy Horse which was amazing and mount rushmore was breathtaking. Having BJ as our guide was extra special because he told us many stories about each area and he was very entertaining. BJ knew exactly where to stop for the best picture opportunities and we didn't miss anything. Our favorite was stopping by the begging burros to feed them....it was something that we will never forget. We saw many animals that day which added to the excitement. It was $75 pp and well worth every penny. The trip was 7 1/2 hours and we enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you B.J.!

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Miami
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“Great DayTour of the Southern Black Hills”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

Our tour guide B.J. , was knowledgeable, and helpful and a resident of Custer so he provided us with information over and above the usual guide books offered by the state tourism department. We were thinking of seeing the park with another company, but found out that they use the big 50 seat tour buses and cannot go on all roads, or stop for photographs. so we opted for Golden Circle tours. Saw tons of Buffalo!!

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New Hampshire
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“Mt. Rushmore and much, much more.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2008

Having motored from NH, we found the infamous "biker-bedlham" of the Sturgis annual motorcycle event to overwhelm our attempts to visit Mt. Rushmore and other area attractions on our own. Econo-Lodge suggested Golden Circle Tours, based in-town, for a well-regarded, 7-hr. excursion of Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, etc.

Booked spouse and I for the next AM [0730h, ~$10/h/ea.]. On this tour, just we 2 seniors and our wonderfully qualified and experienced guide, in an Olds minivan, comprised our party. However, Roger Kline, who doted over us like K&Q-NH, said that his tours were just as personal and attentative when that minivan was chock full-and we have no doubt of that!

We spent ~4 h in Custer SP [geology & wildlife]; ~2 h to/at Mt, Rushmore Memorial Park, ~ 1 h at Crazy Horse Memorial. Took 55 photos- many of them us taken by Roger.

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Missouri
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“Take a great tour while there.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2007

As we were in Custer area just two days, we wanted to be sure to see all the landmarks, etc., and knew we would spend a lot of time driving to find these things and miss most of them.

I contacted Golden Circle Tours out of Custer SD. We were picked up at our hotel and taken on 7 hour tour of all the area sites, Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Wildlife Loop, Needles Highway, Custer State Park, with plenty of time to stop and take photos, etc.
I requested the small van tour which would have less than 7 people at a time. We lucked out as we were the only ones on the tour this week after thr 4th of July and so had a private tour by the owner Linn. I highly recommend this tour, the price includes entrance into all the sites that charge and you park up front with the tour buses

Linn has lived in the area a long time and knows about all you can learn. Save your gas, and those heartstopping roads, and take a tour. You will see much more and enjoy it more.

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