An August 2004 trip
to South Dakota by miadelie
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.
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 abundance of wildlife and amazing hiking. You will feel like you are in the Appalachian Mountains, as the scenery is quite impressive around this area. Not far from here you will find the infamous Mount Rushmore, and Deadwood is only an hour or so away. Deadwood is a fun, old gambling town which used to be a famous hangout in the days of the wild west.
If you have children, I recommend visiting Storybook Island, which is in Rapid City. It is free of charge, and I guarantee the kids won't be disappointed. It's a good place to pack a picnic and spend an afternoon.
Attraction | "The Corn Palace"
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612 North Main Street
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
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Badlands National Park
25216 Ben Reifel Road
Badlands National Park, South Dakota 57750
Custer State Park
13329 US Hwy 16A
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Highway 244
Keystone, South Dakota 57751