While there's plenty to do and see in the Black Hills, the trip out here was well worth it. The tower itself is such a spectacle and it's good fun to observe it from all angles while doing the loop around it. We also observed two sets of climbers coming down on opposite sides. The view from the trail was a surprise, as the tower sits on a kind of dais that is itself high above the surrounding area, so there are several scenic vistas from the trail. On the way up (or down) there is also a Prairie Dog town and the residents were out and about even at 3pm on a hot July day. We really enjoyed our time here. Well worth the entrance fee ($15) and the drive. From there we drove north 45 minutes to make a brief visit to Montana. This was solely because I've never been there and want to see all 50 states, but I must say the drive up was gorgeous and at many points no other people were visible from the road. It was a wonderful sense of seclusion and peace.
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