Where Are America’s Best Kept Secrets? Think Dakotas!

As the most popular national parks get more crowded, where do you go to escape? In this post, we’ll explore two such parks in the Dakotas. The attraction: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota (2.4 million visits) The alternative: Badlands National Park, South Dakota (868,000 visitors) Location: About 85 miles east of Mount Rushmore National […]

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Round ‘Em Up: The Ground Rumbles & The Dust Flies

In 1956 a small herd of bison was reintroduced into the park and has grown and has grown to the point where it has to be carefully managed. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Each fall, the ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls, and park crews drive the thundering herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions). Up to 20 volunteer cowboys and cowgirls are selected […]

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South Dakota: Fly Over State? Not a Chance!

South Dakota gets a bad rap as a flyover state. An often overlooked travel destination, South Dakota is a land of breathtaking scenic beauty. Here’s the thing, visit South Dakota once and the place SELLS ITSELF. Much more than just the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and the Badlands, SoDak is the most […]

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American History Alive In Stone: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

“If you build it, he will come.” That oft-quoted line from the film Field of Dreams has equal resonance as the motivating force behind the formation of America’s Shrine to Democracy—the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, this colossal monument was the brainchild of state historian Doane Robinson, who conceived of the […]

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