Visit the Mount Rushmore area of South Dakota
A trip to the state is not complete without a trip to Mount Rushmore National Monument, a tribute to four American historic figures: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Take time to view the statues, check out the Avenue of Flags, walk to the Grand View Terrace, visit the gift shop and visitor center, walk the Presidential Trail, and try some famous ice cream! You are able to take a self-guided tour or a guided one. This memorial has drawn in over 3 million tourists every single year since its opening in 1941. People from all around the world visit, so you should too!
One of the most underrated national parks in the country is the Badlands; you will regret not visiting while you are in the area. This 244,000-acre park holds spectacular landscapes that are truly breathtaking. You can see prairie dogs, bison, bighorn sheep, deer, bobcats, black-footed ferrets, mountain goats, and other wildlife. You should take a day to drive through the park on a self-guided tour at the least, although camping there is a dream!
Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Custer State Park is a 71,000-acre nature lover’s oasis. Since it is one of the nation’s largest state parks, you have endless hiking, camping, biking, swimming, fishing, and relaxing opportunities. Take a horseback ride through one of the many trails, relax by the gorgeous Sylvan Lake, or simply discover a new love for the outdoors. You could spend hours at this state park with the entire family.
Crazy Horse Memorial
The long history of Crazy Horse is fascinating. When you visit, you are visiting a piece of history in the making! See the sculpture, visit the museum, and check out the movie that teaches you the history of this beautiful memorial of the Lakota Chief.