South Dakota Journals

South Dakota: Land of Plenty

An August 2004 trip to South Dakota by miadelie

Badlands National Park Photo, Badlands National Park, South Dakota More Photos
Quote: I have been to The Badlands and The Black Hills area of South Dakota four times now, and it keeps getting better every time! Each time you go you are able to travel that much more into the wilderness, and experience the full scenic beauty of nature.

South Dakota: Land of Plenty


Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
There are a lot of really great things to do in South Dakota, particularly around the Badlands and Rapid City areas. The Badlands National Park is one of the best parks in the Midwest. It offers breathtaking views and an abundance of hiking trails. There is ample wildlife viewing, with usual spottings of bison and prairie dogs. This park is huge on the list for fossil finds, and it includes several rare fossils of mammals long extinct. There is also the Pi Dig site, where you can witness a real excavation in the works. There is backcountry camping here, and it is quite enjoyable if you enjoy backpacking. The other top sight to see in South Dakota is Custer State Park. Here you will find an ...Read More

Corn Palace

Attraction | "The Corn Palace"

So, this is a destination that interests everyone. A palace made of corn!?! Is there really such a thing?!? Well, yes, there is. I am not sure if that is a good thing, or a bad thing, however. I went here once when I was about 8 years old, and absolutely loved it! I remembered it as this huge building full of souvenir stands (the BEST thing in the world for an 8 year old, the WORST thing in the world for their parent). So, when my husband and I were going on a trip to South Dakota, we decided to stop here along our way to the Badlands. Well, now that I am older, I would not recommend this stop. I found it rather boring, even after trying to read all the historical tidbits they had posted on the interi...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 19, 2006

Corn Palace
612 North Main Street
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
(605) 996-6223

Badlands National Park Photo, Badlands National Park, South Dakota
The Badlands National Park gets better for me every time I visit it. The older I am, the more I appreciate the amazing beauty of this area. This park spans 244,000 acres of untamed wilderness. I highly recommend camping here if you are experienced in backpacking. You can hike off to any spot in the park to camp, or they have one designated camping grounds. No running water or electricity, however, there are buffalo which roam the park freely, and you must watch out for them. If you get to close, they WILL charge you. The grasslands in this area is also infamous for its several prairie dogs, which are fun for the kids to watch. There is also a dig site here, which I found very interesting to visit. I h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2006

Badlands National Park
25216 Ben Reifel Road
Badlands National Park, South Dakota 57750
(605) 433-5361

Custer State Park

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Custer State Park Photo, Black Hills, South Dakota
While in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, I have always camped at Custer State Park. This is your typical state park, with a little more beauty. This park is great for hiking, and also wonderful for families. Beware that anywhere you go in this area in early August is bound to have Sturgis fans. Not a problem for me, but a warning to those that may be bothered. They usually keep to themselves anyhow, and are quite friendly as a whole. Anyhow, the last time at Custer I camped in the Sylvan Lake Campground. I would highly recommend this campground to others!! Our site was very private, especially for being at a state park, and I found the cleanliness to be more than decent. The lake along is gorg...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2006

Custer State Park
13329 US Hwy 16A
Custer 57730
(605) 255-4772

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Photo, Keystone, South Dakota
Mount Rushmore is one of those things that you just have to do. It's a National Memorial, and it sounds interesting—some presidents heads are carved in a mountain! Four president's faces, to be more exact: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Basically, there is not much else to do here but to view the giant carving. There is a large air-conditioned boiling, which houses a lunchroom style cafeteria, and another gift shop! Once outside, you can walk a trail that leads you a bit closer up to the carving. It is not strenuous, but it does have a large amount of steps. It takes about 15 minutes, and I would say it is well worth it for the views you receive. This stop will probably not take you mu...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 19, 2006

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Highway 244
Keystone, South Dakota 57751
(605) 574-3171