The Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota: Outdoors and Cultural Attractions
Visit the Black Hills and Badlands region of South Dakota for iconic attractions and adventures at Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park, Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial
The Best Places to Visit in South Dakota
The Best Places to Visit in South Dakota
Welcome to South Dakota!
Whether you are looking for a back-to-nature experience in fascinating surroundings, some great museums and cultural attractions, or a chance to explore America’s Wild West legacy, you will find it all in South Dakota. You can visit Mount Rushmore, you can see the Crazy Horse Memorial, you can also see some amazing rock formations in Badlands National Park, enjoy natural hot springs, or enjoy museums and art galleries in Sioux Falls.
#2.Badlands National Park
#4.Crazy Horse Memorial
#5.Custer State Park
#6.Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
#8.The Corn Palace
#9.Wind Cave National Park
Top 6 Things to Do in Badlands National Park
Planing a trip to South Dakota? Here are the must-do things in the Badlands in your trip!
Top 13. Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Top 13. Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Badlands National Park, South Dakota: Loop Road, Badlands Wall, Big Badlands Overlook, Notch Trail, Ben Reifel Visitor Center, Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Door Trail Badlands, Castle Trail, Yellow Mounds Overlook, Sage Creek Wilderness Area, Fossil Exhibit Trail, Pinnacles Overlook, Saddle Pass Trail
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Badlands National Park in South Dakota is an amazing geological landscape of rugged beauty. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world's richest fossil beds. The park's 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs live today.
For park information visit nps.gov/badl
For lodging information, visit cedarpasslodge.com.
This video is an excerpt from Finley-Holiday's Western National Parks Blu-ray, DVD and Video Download Card. Available on location and at finleyholiday.com.
Top 7 Places to Visit in South Dakota
Top 7 Places to Visit in South Dakota
There are so many places to visit in South Dakota that it's hard to narrow it down to just a few! This list comprises our favorites! We could have made it a top 10 but some places we didn't take any video or photos...so yeah, top 7 it is!
Number 7 - The Corn Palace
The Corn Palace is located in the town of Mitchell in the far South East of the state. The corn Palace or The Worlds Only Corn Palace as it deems itself is an arena in downtown Mitchell with outlandish onion shaped domes akin to St. Basil's cathedral in Russia. What makes the corn palace a roadside attraction is well...its corn. The building is decorated each year with thousands of ears, and husks of the stuff, all carefully arranged and nailed into place to create amazing patterns and pictures.
Number 6 - Wall Drug
If you Drive along the interstate 90 in South Dakota prepared to be onslaught with billboards and signs of every shape and size advertising Wall Drug Store. The story goes that wall drug owned by Ted Hustead in the 1930s was struggling to keep business until his wife Dorothy had the bright idea of advertising free ice water to travelers heading west to the Black Hills. Business began to boom and wall drug grew into the most curious collection of stores and shops you've ever seen. It really is more like a mall than anything else. Wall drug has got some great food, donuts, and delicious fudge in it's candy shop. Not to mention lots of photo ops and places for the kids to romp out back...oh and did we mention they still have free ice water!
Number 5 - Crazy Horse Memorial
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a monument under construction in the Black Hills representing the Native American leader Crazy Horse. The memorial is absolutely massive with all of Mt Rushmore being able to fit within a small portion of the top of it. The memorial and its work are overseen by the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a non-profit seeking to educate people, and preserve the heritage and history of the native american peoples. The monument has been under construction since 1948 and is far from being completed, but the museums and film about the memorial make this a worthwhile stop.
Number 4 - Mt Rushmore National Memorial. Perhaps the most iconic attraction of South Dakota and one of the most recognized national memorials in the United States, Mt. Rushmore is an impressive feat of engineering. The monument features the 60 foot likenesses of 4 iconic United States Presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. It was created between 1927 and 1941. There's no fee to visit the memorial, but you do have to pay to park. The bright side is that your parking fee covers you for a whole year. At night there is a special patriotic program put on by the rangers and they light up the mountain.
Number 3 - Reptile Gardens
Reptile Gardens is a tourist attraction Wild Animal Park housing an amazing collection of reptiles, birds, bugs, and amphibians. The Reptile gardens has an incredible collection of venomous snakes...we saw snakes here we had never seen in any other zoo. They also house Maniac and enormous 16 foot Salt water crocodile from Australia. Make sure to stop in to all the various shows included with your admission, especially the Alligator Show. Also make sure to go pet the giant tortoises.
Number 2 - Badlands National Park. The Badlands are a spectacular natural wonder of the American Plains. Badlands National park protects over 240 thousand acres of buttes, pinnacles, and mixed grass prairie. It was made a national park in the year 1978 and is such a unique place. The Badlands has several places to hike, picnic and learn about the flora, fauna, and ancient history of the area. The land was originally hunting grounds of many Native American tribes. It was originally the Lakota People that gave the area the origins of it's name. Definitely check out the Notch Trail if you plan a trip, and make sure to watch our Adventure 36 video where we hike it!
Number 1 - Custer State Park
Number one on our list is Custer State Park. Custer is massive state park of over 71,000 acres in the Black Hills of the state. It's a refuge for a large variety of wildlife including Pronghorn Antelope, Turkeys, and even a herd of 1500 American Bison. The park has ample opportunities for recreation, including hiking, camping, swimming, or just driving the scenic Needles highway. There are multiple visitors centers in the park and an excellent Junior Naturalist program. There is just so much to do here, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. This is one of our favorite state parks that we have ever visited, be sure to check out our video about it!
Did we miss any of your favorite places to go in this fantastic state? Leave us a comment if you've ever been to any of these places.
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South Dakota is an expansive, sparsely populated midwestern U.S. state where rolling prairies give way to the dramatic Black Hills National Forest. Black Hills is home to 2 historical monuments carved right into towering granite peaks: Mt. Rushmore, the iconic depiction of 4 revered U.S. presidents, and Crazy Horse Memorial, a tribute to the storied Native American tribal leader.
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Top 5 Favorite Places to Visit along I-90 in South Dakota
We are going to show you our top 5 favorite places to visit along the 1-90 in South Dakota. A lot of people think I-90 on South Dakota is a boring drive. But not us! Subscribe to our channel for more RV travel and tips:
We love the entire route and sometimes have spent as much as a week traveling through. That's because there are so many places to stop and explore.Everybody knows about places like Sturgis, Deadwood, the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore. But the five we picked to show you in this video are among our very favorite places to stop anywhere in North America.
Some are very touristy. That's okay. They are all great spots to take a break from the road, be refreshed, walk around a bit, learn things and have a lot of fun.
We hope you enjoy this video as much as we did in making it!
Wanna know our favorite spots mentioned in the video? Here they are:
#1 WALL DRUG, EXIT 109
#2 BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, EXIT 110
#3 1880 TOWN, Exit 170
#4 AL'S OASIS, Exit 260
#5 THE INGALLS FAMILY HOMESTEAD, DESMET, SD, EXIT 330
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South Dakota Tourist Attractions: 10 Places To Visit
Planning to visit South Dakota? Check out our South Dakota Travel Guide video and see top most Tourist Attractions in South Dakota.
Best Places to visit in South Dakota:
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills National Forest, Reptile Gardens, Adams Museum & House, Corn Palace, Harney Peak, Sioux Falls Park
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Surrounded by Bison in Badlands National Park | RVing South Dakota
The Black Hills area of South Dakota is absolutely full of things to do and see, so our second outing during our time there was to Badlands National Park. Before getting to the park though, you drive through the quaint little town of Wall - and Wall, South Dakota is known for one very, very large thing: Wall Drug. We spent about two hours exploring every nook and cranny of Wall Drug before getting back on the road.
Farther down the road, and right outside Badlands National Park, you'll find Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. We didn't have time for a proper tour, but we made sure to swing by for our passport stamp and to check out the museum really quick. It's a neat little stop and we'd love to go back sometime and take a tour of one of the decommissioned ICBM silos.
And then we finally made it to Badlands, and boy was it worth the wait! We were immediately greeted by the most fascinating rock structures absolutely covered with a wide array of colors. As we made our way across the park the colors changed, the rock formations changed, and it all eventually gave way to a gorgeous prairie. The icing on the cake during our visit to Badlands National Park definitely had to be getting stopped on the road by an entire herd of bison. We were completely surrounded and got an amazing close-up glimpse at those magnificent animals.
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