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8 Must-See Sights in 8 Must-See National Parks

This year for National Park Week, I picked a different park each day and highlighted a must-see sight in that park. It's been a lot of fun reflecting on the uniqueness of so many national parks across the USA. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to these special places! And,… Continue reading 8 Must-See Sights in 8 Must-See National Parks

Badlands National Park Must-See, the Door
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Badlands National Park Must-See

Badlands National Park is an extraordinary environment. On our recent trip we stayed in the park for three nights. I really wish we could have stayed longer! Badlands is a unique National Park in that it has an open hike policy. This is awesome! Venturing off-trail is allowed in order to keep an eye out… Continue reading Badlands National Park Must-See

Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge
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Tip & Tee: Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge

The Badlands of South Dakota was originally established as a National Monument in 1939. It wasn't until 1978 that it was finally designated a National Park. The Badlands has an open hike policy. This policy is unique in national parks. It allows visitors to go off trail to better enjoy the incredible geologic features as… Continue reading Tip & Tee: Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge

Sunset in Badlands Park
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Tip & Tee: Badlands Park Night Sky

Badlands National Park is located in central South Dakota and is a must for any South Dakota vacation itinerary. The landscape in Badlands park is unique and offers a significant contrast to what you'll see in South Dakota's Black Hills to the west. We discovered on our recent trip that Badlands National Park offers fun… Continue reading Tip & Tee: Badlands Park Night Sky

Black Hills Vacation-Custer State Park
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8 Must-See Sights on a Black Hills Vacation

The Black Hills of South Dakota is a fun family vacation destination! There is so much to see and do in this corner of South Dakota that I could be perfectly happy spending 2 weeks on a Black Hills vacation! Unfortunately, most us can't spend 2 weeks! With so many things to do and limited… Continue reading 8 Must-See Sights on a Black Hills Vacation

Wind Cave Box Formations
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Tip & Tee: Wind Cave National Park Tours

Wind Cave was designated a National Park in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt. Wind Cave National Park is located in South Dakota near the Black Hills and shares a border with Custer State Park. Wind Cave National Park offers three different ranger guided walking tours. These tours are rated easy to strenuous based on the amount… Continue reading Tip & Tee: Wind Cave National Park Tours

Boxwork on the Wind Cave Fairgrounds Tour
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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
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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

Custer State Park Bison
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Fun Fact: The Custer State Park Buffalo Herd

The bison, commonly referred to the as the American buffalo, was officially designated the National Mammal of the United States in 2016. Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is one of the best places to see these magnificent mammals. Buffalo were introduced to Custer State Park in 1936. The small herd… Continue reading Fun Fact: The Custer State Park Buffalo Herd

South Dakota Corn Palace
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The Corn Palace of South Dakota

Mitchell, South Dakota is home to a quirky and one of a kind attraction -  The Corn Palace. I'll admit when I first heard about The Corn Palace, I was somewhat skeptical. However, a trusted source from South Dakota insisted it was worth a stop.  She was right. I'm glad we made time for a… Continue reading The Corn Palace of South Dakota