Rock formations and a blue sky
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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

View rock spires and trees on Sunday Gulch Trail
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Custer State Park Sunday Gulch Trail

Of the many things to see and do in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Custer State Park is at the top of my list. Its beauty rivals that of many national parks. The best way to experience Custer State Park is on foot. And a hike on Sunday Gulch Trail is a great way… Continue reading Custer State Park Sunday Gulch Trail

Walkway to Delta 01
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Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

The Minuteman Missile Historic Site is a very unique place to visit. During the Cold War, Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) were hidden throughout the Great Plains. Air Force personnel were stationed in launch control facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nuclear missiles could be launched at a moment's notice. The Minuteman Missile National Historic… Continue reading Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

Badlands Sage Creek Rim Road Prairie with Trees
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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
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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
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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 

Slyvan Lake in Custer State Park
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7 Things to Do in Custer State Park

Custer State Park surprised me. I’m not sure exactly what I expected. But, that wasn’t it. This state park in the Black Hills of South Dakota rivals some of the national parks in terms of awesomeness! Custer State Park is one of the largest state parks in the US. It is located approximately 30 miles… Continue reading 7 Things to Do in Custer State Park

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5 Awesome Easy National Park Hikes

The Yellowstone National Park Act was signed into law on March 1, 1872 by Ulysses S. Grant. This act created the world's first national park, Yellowstone. Since that time, the number of national parks in the United States has grown to 61. Each of these federally protected areas offers something memorable. In most parks, you'll… Continue reading 5 Awesome Easy National Park Hikes

Fossil Exhibit Trail Badlands National Park
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Awesome Easy Badlands Hike: Fossil Exhibit Trail

Badlands National Park is located in South Dakota about an hour from Rapid City. Don't let the name fool you. The Badlands is not as desolate and dull as the name might imply. It is a beautiful landscape teeming with wildlife. Badlands National Park boasts several unique hiking trails such as the Notch Trail and… Continue reading Awesome Easy Badlands Hike: Fossil Exhibit Trail

View of the Black Hills
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Good Eats in the Black Hills

Good food is a big part of vacation fun! Fortunately, on our recent South Dakota adventure, we had no trouble finding good eats in the Black Hills. On our Black Hills trip, we stayed in a cabin with a kitchenette and an outdoor grill. So, we fixed many of our own meals at the cabin.… Continue reading Good Eats in the Black Hills