South Dakota

Rock formations and a blue sky

Badlands Fossil Hunting

One of the things we like best about Badlands National Park in South Dakota is that visitors aren’t restricted to the trails. You can basically roam anywhere. And, while you’re exploring, be sure to keep an eye out for fossils. Badlands Fossil Hunting Many types of fossils can be found in Badlands National Park. Previous… Continue reading Badlands Fossil Hunting

Badlands Sage Creek Rim Road Prairie with Trees

Badlands Sage Creek Rim Road

Badlands National Park in South Dakota, like many national parks, has a main road that crosses the park providing easy access to many of the trails and points of interest. Undoubtedly, most of your time will be spent on the Loop Road. But, there is another less traveled scenic drive, Badlands Sage Creek Rim Road,… Continue reading Badlands Sage Creek Rim Road

Road through Blue Belle Lodge Cabins in Custer State Park

Custer Cabins: Blue Bell Lodge

If you’re traveling to the Black Hills of South Dakota, you can’t go wrong staying in Custer State Park. Located near Rapid City, this state park rivals many national parks in terms of awesomeness! Fortunately, there are many Custer Cabins available right in the middle of the action! Blue Bell Lodge Cabins We stayed in… Continue reading Custer Cabins: Blue Bell Lodge

Skull of a Mammoth at Mammoth Hot Springs

Tip & Tee: Mammoth Site 

Travel tees make the BEST souvenirs! In Tip & Tee, I show off an awesome tee I picked up on my trip and share a trip tip for that destination! If you’re looking for a unique experience in the Black Hills of South Dakota, look no further than the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.  This treasure… Continue reading Tip & Tee: Mammoth Site 

Front of Big Thunder Gold Mine in the Black Hills

Black Hills Gold Mine

The Black Hills in South Dakota experienced a gold rush in the late 1800’s. When planning our Black Hills vacation, I knew I wanted to take a tour of one of the historic Black Hills gold mines in the area. We selected the Big Thunder Gold Mine. The Big Thunder Gold Mine is located in… Continue reading Black Hills Gold Mine

The Skull of a Mammoth

Hot Springs Mammoth Site

There are more things to see and do in the Black Hills of South Dakota than most of us can fit in one trip. However, if you’re looking for something truly unique, then don’t miss Hot Springs Mammoth Site! This tour is unlike any other tour you’ve ever experienced. About Hot Springs Mammoth Site Mammoth… Continue reading Hot Springs Mammoth Site

Large concrete dinosaur in the Rapid City Dinosaur Park

Rapid City Dinosaur Park

The Rapid City Dinosaur Park in South Dakota is one of the area’s iconic tourist attractions. It was built in 1936 and is a reminder that dinosaurs once inhabited the area. As a result, many fossils have been found along the ridge. Yes, this attraction is super cheesy. But, who says cheesy can’t be fun?… Continue reading Rapid City Dinosaur Park

Boxwork on the Wind Cave Fairgrounds Tour

Wind Cave Fairgrounds Tour

Tom and Jesse Bingham came across an unassuming hole in 1881. As the story goes, the wind from this hole blew Tom’s hat right off his head. A few days later, that hat was sucked in the hole by the wind. This hole was an opening to Wind Cave. Wind Cave National Park is the… Continue reading Wind Cave Fairgrounds Tour

Wind Cave National Park Prairie Dogs

Fun Fact: Wind Cave National Park

The main attraction at Wind Cave National Park is, of course, the cave itself.  This incredible cave system boasts the largest concentration of rare boxwork formations in the world. With all those passages, it is one colossal underground maze. In your excitement to tour the cave, don’t miss what’s on top! Above Wind Cave sits… Continue reading Fun Fact: Wind Cave National Park

Badlands National Park Notch Trail

The Badlands Notch Trail

The Notch Trail in Badlands National Park is one of the park’s most popular trails. If you do much research on the Badlands, you’ll likely come across photos of a long wooden ladder on a rock face. This is the Badlands Notch Trail. It is a 1.5 mile round trip hike which is rated moderate to… Continue reading The Badlands Notch Trail

Badlands National Park

Tip & Tee: Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park is known for its unusual and colorful rock formations. It is also teeming with wildlife including bison and big horn sheep. With miles of hiking trails and scenic drives to explore, you can spend countless hours roaming this rugged landscape. Badlands National Park Trip Tip Throughout the park, you will see signs warning… Continue reading Tip & Tee: Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands Sage Creek Rim Road

Awesome Easy Badlands Hike: Fossil Exhibit Trail

Fun Fact: Badlands National Park Fossil Finds

Black Hills

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Driving to Mount Rushmore

The Needles Eye Tunnel in Custer State Park

Wind Cave National Park Tours

Tip & Tee: Wind Cave National Park Tours

Fun Fact: Wind Cave National Park

Fun Fact: Wind Cave National Park

Rapid City Dinosaur Park

Black Hills Gold Mine

Custer State Park Sunday Gulch Trail

7 Things to Do in Custer State Park

Custer Cabins: Blue Bell Lodge