No matter where you travel, you want to make it a memorable experience. Make sure you don’t miss out on any sights in South Dakota with this handy guide.
1. Mount Rushmore: Obviously the number one thing to see in South Dakota is the famous Mount Rushmore. But, before you visit, there are some things you should know about. Seeing the faces of America’s founding fathers likeness preserved in the hillside in the light of day is a grand experience in itself, but you won’t want to miss the nightly lighting which illuminates the National Park with beautiful awe-inspiring color. Take time to tour the visitors center and to walk the trail to get a different perspective on this famous landmark.
2. The State Game Lodge: Once referred to as the summer White House where many a president were known to vacation, The State Game Lodge in Custer State Park offers a variety of accommodations among several properties in the park. It also offers a great dining experience and I recommend trying one of their famous buffalo dishes while there. The State Game Lodge is centrally located not far from Mount Rushmore, The Black Hills, Wind Cave National Park, and Rapid City.
3. The Black Hills: Six national park systems are located within the vast expanse of the historic Black Hills that were once home to many Native American tribes. With many scenic byways to chose from you won’t want to miss taking a leisurely cruise through the hills. Take time to stop off for some hiking, fishing, and photo opportunities.
4. The Badlands: Badlands National Park is a must-see attraction whether traveling to South Dakota from the East or West. The Badlands attract visitors from all over the world and is home to one of the richest fossil beds in America. The only lodging in the Badlands is at Cedar Pass Lodge, but you need not stay overnight to take in the beauty of this strange and otherworldly landscape. Take a drive on the highway 240 loop road and stop off at scenic overlooks.
5. Wind Cave National Park: If you have time you will want to visit Wind Cave National Park which happens to be one of the longest caves in the world! Hike the many trails above ground or go underground for an amazing cave tour!