September 2016

Our tour today was absolutely wonderful. Bonnie was great. Her wit, knowledge and driving ability really made the tour an unforgettable experience. It was truly a memorable time for us. Please thank Bonnie again for her skills and efforts.
Joan and Charlie Schlesinger

We had a WONDERFUL time

Bill, I would like to say that we had a WONDERFUL time on our tour with Lloyd. He did a great job and was so very kind. Bonnie was a very nice lady. I can appreciate the times that he gave some pointers for her when she will be on point.
We could have never found the right times and places in the time that we did with Lloyd. The views were so great. All we could talk about was we felt very safe with him driving and showing us around.
Again, I thank you and your staff for such a wonderful adventure! We have already told people who to call and get arrangements with your services. We just might see you at another time. Thanks for great memories!
Jo J Johnson and family.

Bill

I would like to thank you so much for such a wonderful time we had using your tour and our guide" Lloyd" was the Greatest! He was so kind and courteous to us ladies from Texas. Looking forward to another time we might get up there again and we are sure that we will call you for our tours! Thanks again for a much enjoyed tour of South Dakota. Would and (already have) given your tours a great big PLUS to do.
Jo-J Johnson
Beaumont, Texas

So thankful to have this shuttle service when I needed it!! Pleasant trip to Edgemont to pick up my car. Thanks, again!!!

Bonnie was fabulous. Such a great tour. We had a wonderful afternoon seeing the sites.

Janet and Bill,

On June 14, my husband Gary and I took the Mt. Rushmore/Crazy Horse tour with Troy. Thanks to him making a few "off the beaten path" stops, I was able to get some incredible photos. The attached ("another face in the crowd") is one of my favorites, and I entered it in one of our local county fairs. The Erie County fair is the third largest fair in the U.S. so the competition is fierce. I was thrilled to receive a ribbon for my entry and I'm thrilled to share it with you. Please thank Troy for his fantastic tour and photo ops. Have a great rest of the summer. Lee (Eileen) Wekenmann
 meehan

Hi, Bill.

We're home now and will talk about the tour for years to come. I already have an old classmate coming in that direction and referenced you to her. Pat

Our tour guide Bonnie was absolutely wonderful,

she kept the interesting facts coming as we rode along and made the trip very fun and entertaining. She went out of her way to make sure everyone touring saw buffalo at least once in our trip, it didn't matter that we were a bit behind schedule cause that little part of our trip made it worthwhile! Even though the tour was quite long it went by surprisingly fast! It was great that there was a tour that enabled you too see all of that stuff, because to be honest it might have been hard to see all of that while driving around ourselves so it was great we could sit back and enjoy the ride! My family and I would 100 percent recommend this tour to newcomers in South Dakota, it's a great way to see a lot of the famous sights. And a plus was that the bus comes and picks you up where you are staying, so that removed the need to drive to a meeting point.

Took tour today

Bonnie was amazing very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the wonderful lunch. And the breathtaking sites.
Thank you Colin n Ev Campbell Chilliwack BC

On time pick up, gave some background and info on what we would see and what we should do. Driver, John, was great. It was so nice to sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery without worrying about driving and getting to places. Loved it would do it again. Thank you!

Discovery Tours Van With Elysia

We went on a Discovery Tours van with Elysia. Elysia is one of the best tour guides I've ever encountered. We were picked up at 7:30 am and had a wonderful 11 hour+ day seeing many wonderful sites. We first went to Mt. Rushmore and had an hour to spend viewing that beautiful mountain sculpture. Then on to Custer National forest where we saw pronged horn antelope, buffalo and deer. We then had a nice buffet lunch at the lodge. After lunch it was on to the needles highway where the tunnels for the van were pretty tight. Elysia had about 2-3 inches of room on each side. The views were stunning. After that we went to the beautiful Sylvan Lake, then on to the Crazy Horse monument for about 45 minutes. The Crazy Horse monument is a 'work-in-progress' that may be finished by the time our great great grandchildren are born.... We finished up the day at a winery with some free wine tasting..... The grape Calamity Jane wine was good. Kind of like grape juice with a nice kick. Again, this was a wonderful tour and many kudos to Elysia!!!

Troy was great!

Troy was great! Made our first day in SD a memorable one.

Bonnie was a terrific tour guide.

Bonnie was a terrific tour guide. She was courteous , informative, and kept the vehicle moving and interesting safely. You can tell she enjoys the area and her job. Not all Business are fortunate to have all these qualities in an employee.

Troy our tour guide

Troy our tour guide gave us an exceptional tour and was able to answer our questions about the places he took us to and more detailed information than we expected.

Lloyd is awesome!!

One Day

We only had one full day to explore the Black Hills so a tour was a logical choice. Joe made the trip very entertaining and informative. Thank you very much!

Hi Bill

I took the Discovery Tour June 22, 2016 along with 7 other people. I think I speak for the entire group. Our tour guide was Lloyd Rich. He is a most informative person regarding the history of South Dakota. You might say, "A Walking Encyclopedia". He was so attentive to us the entire day. I will definitely recommend Discovery Tours in the future and tell them to request Lloyd Rich as their guide. Yours truly, C McKinley

Lloyd was spectacular

Lloyd was spectacular and a true joy to lead us. He obviously knows the area; we learned much. He had an "assistant" to learn re the job and he was doing a great job. This tour was worth the fee. I will be recommending to friends and locals.

"We Liked the Discovery Tours the Best"

We had a great time. The hotel was wonderful the scenery was very beautiful. Our tours that we booked were great. We liked the Discovery tours the best. People were very friendly. The van had an extra step in so my wife could get in and out the van easily. Hart and Fran

"Lloyd Was Very Informative"

We had a wonderful tour with Lloyd last Friday. We really enjoyed the tour to Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse and the Custer State Park. My husband got to enjoy the scenery and take lots of pictures and he wouldn't have been able to do this if we had gone on our own. Lloyd was very informative and we really enjoyed our day. Thanks! B Varvel

"Fantastic Tour"

Just wanted to drop a quick note letting you folks know our tour today was fantastic. My mother and I enjoyed it very much. John was also very entertaining and made the day very interesting. I will definitely recommend you guys to anyone who is coming to this area. I myself plan to return soon and will again take the tour. Thanks for a great day. Darcy & Paulette

"Awesome Tour Guide"

We took your tour on September 29th an it was awesome – our tour guide was great and we saw and learned so much – totally enjoyed the day! Thank you!! Kathy

"Relaxing Ride to the Airport"

Bill and his wife were early to pick me up and, although there was about an hour drive to the airport, they made my ride the most relaxing I had in a week of traveling. I enjoyed their company and will recommend them to everyone. The next time I am in SD I will be calling them.!

“Best tour, passionate tour guide, reasonably priced”

Reviewed May 19, 2015
 

We went on a tour with Karen (Kare Bear) as our tour guide and had an awesome packed day of scenery and history in the Black Hills, South Dakota. She is very knowledgeable about botany, geology, history, legends, and is very willing to share all her stories of the area and the amazing sights in the parks. In an 10-hour day with hotel pickup, we saw Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, a buffet lunch, Needles, Cathedral Spires, Crazy Horse and more. Could not have been as time efficient and learned as much had we done it on our own. Would definitely recommend it to anyone travelling to the Black Hills.

Visited May 2015

“Ask for Kare Bear, terrific tour guide”

Reviewed May 6, 2015
 

On Friday May 1, 2015, we had had one of the best tours we could have hoped for with our visit to the Black Hills -- tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. We learned more about the area and attractions than we ever could have on our own! Well worth the money!

Visited May 2015

“Best tour ever!”

Reviewed October 12, 2014
 

We had the best tour guide ever! Karen was so knowledgeable about the history and attractions in the area. She loves her job and it shows. The tour was chock-full of attractions and she timed each stop perfectly. It was well worth it and we'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Visited October 2014

Discovery Tours - Badlands

Reviewed September 14, 2014
 

On Sep 9, 2014, we had a wonderful tour experience with Karen (Kare Bear) as our guide. My husband and I have never had a tour guide with so much knowledge of an area. Karen made our tour extremely enjoyable. The lunch at Custer State Park was very good. We had nine tourists in our group with plenty of room in our van. Karen made sure to stop often for picture opportunities and just to give us a break. She provided water and soda free of charge. Our trip covered all the major attractions. We saw buffalo and wild burros which was great fun. I would recommend this tour to everyone who visits South Dakota. Thanks Karen, Wayne and Pat

Visited September 2014
Visited October 2014

Let them do the driving

 
Reviewed August 20, 2014
 
My wife and I chose to use the Black Hills Discovery Tour to see Mount Rushmore and The Crazy Horse Monument and Museum. We got a lot more, including buffalo, Rocky Mountain goats, Rocky Mountain sheep, pronghorn antelope and deer. We were able to view all the scenery of the spires on the needles road and not have to navigate the roads. We ended with free wine tasting before we were delivered back to our hotel. What a great day. Our driver (Karen) was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Visited August 2014

Excellent job, John!

 
Reviewed May 24, 2014
 

The whole-day trip with this tour guide from Discovery Tours was marvelous. Mt Rushmore, 3 pigtail bridges, 6 tunnels, wildlife, excellent buffet lunch in the nice restaurant, the Needles Highway, Crazy Horse monument, wine testing in Hill City - we covered all of that in about 8 hours. Thanks for being so nice to us.

Family of 3.

Visited May 2014

Best way to see the main attractions - great value for money

 
Reviewed October 2, 2013
 

We recently took the Southern Black Hills and Mount Rushmore Monument Tour and would highly recommend this company. The tour lasted around 12 hours (including pick-up time) and you definitely get value for money - we covered around 300 miles. Our guide, Karen, was very friendly, informative and knew a lot about the area and showed us some hidden gems i.e. Mount Rushmore 'framed' by the tunnel - anyone driving by on their own would not have seen this. Lunch at the lodge was very high quality, plentiful and varied and included drinks. We had plenty of time at each stop, even making impromptu stops to see animals that were roaming around the roadside. The day was ended perfectly with wine tasting. The owner of the company, Bill, was very accommodating and all bookings were confirmed by email. He also runs a taxi company, Dakota Taxi, who we used to get to and from Rapid City Airport. Our driver when we got there, Ray, was also very friendly and gave us some great information. Would recommend all their services highly.

Visited September 2013

Discovery Tours - Southern Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore

 
 
Reviewed June 29, 2014
 

We booked the Southern Black Hills and Mount Rushmore Monument tour by Discovery Tours that covered Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, Iron Mountain Road, Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake, Crazy Horse, and a wine tasting at Prairie Berry Winery. We decided to book a tour rather than drive, and we're so glad that we did. Our driver and tour guide, Wes, handled the switchbacks and hairpin curves of the hills much better than we could have and provided a bounty of information along the way. We were able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the day.

We were the first to be picked up and the last to be dropped off, so we were on the tour about 10 hours. Wes allowed us about an hour and 15 minutes each for Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, which was the right amount of time to see the orientation films and to go exploring. When we left Rushmore, his drive along Iron Mountain Road took us several places that offered unique views of the monument that we wouldn't have found on our own.

In Custer State Park, we weren't having much luck finding buffalo, so he made an extra effort to take us down roads less traveled until we came on a small herd and were able to get amazingly close to them. While we were in Custer State Park, we had lunch at the State Game Lodge, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The buffet, which was included in the tour price, was fantastic. We were even allowed to go check out the unoccupied rooms at the lodge for a time travel back to 1920s privilege in the wilderness.

It would have been nice to spend longer at pretty Sylvan Lake than we did, but it was raining by that time, which prevented us from getting the full experience anyway. But the only real disappointment of the day was the wine tasting at Prairie Berry. The winery specializes in making wines that blend grapes and berries that are native to South Dakota, which produces unique but not necessarily good wines.

A couple of things to note: While the van is large, it has four bench type seats, and it may be hard for some people to make it in and out of the last seat. Also, there was a slight discount if you pay cash. You might want to ask about these things when you book your tour. We had no issues, though, and highly recommend this tour as being well worth the price. Kudos to Wes for being such a great guide.

Visited June 2014

Great tour and tour guide

 
 
Reviewed August 25, 2014
 
 

Having arrived in the area in an RV we did not want to drive all over the place to view Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse (and we would not have been able to see some of the area because the RV is too big to get through the coolest tunnels)!

We took the tour to the two mountain carvings, and to Custer State Park (saw hundreds of buffalo), and the wine tasting.

We never felt herded like some tour groups do. Your personal tastes will determine if you get to spend enough time at Mt. Rushmore and/or Crazy Horse. I could have used more time at Rushmore and less at Crazy Horse while someone we were with felt just the opposite.

The lunch at the lodge at the state park was good - plenty of options at the buffet. And the wine tasting was an interesting place (wine snobs may look down on it).

Our particular tour had 9 tourists in the van (with room for 2 more) and lasted from about 8am to 4pm. Water and soda was provided free in the van. Stops were frequent enough for stretching and bathroom breaks.

Visited August 2014