DIG UP DINOSAUR FOSSILS
Belle Fourche, South Dakota For big kids obsessed with dinosaurs, book an all-day tour by (starting at $150 per person or $550 for a family of four) to potentially unearth T-rex teeth, triceratops bones, and more at a scientific dig. “You’ll be working a real quarry, dealing with original fossils, not brushing sand off plastic or planted bones,” says owner Walter Stein. “While we can’t guarantee you’ll find an important fossil, many people do. You may even get to take it home.” Stay in Custer, where you’ll be close to Mount Rushmore and dino-related attractions like the
which is home to STAN, a nearly 40-foot T-rex. We like the
(starting at $79 per night) for its free breakfast, cookie happy hour, pools, and playgrounds.