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13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751, USA
Mount Rushmore can be a bit touristy and generic trip, but on the way to a road trip making our way to a wedding at a Ranch in Wyoming, some friends and I stopped by. I really love the photos we took hiking around and seeing the memorial from...
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South Dakota, USA
Majestic rock structures rise high above the dry, crackled ground at Badlands National Park. Hiking and exploring in the park on some of the less-traveled paths will make you feel like you've landed on Mars.
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South Dakota, USA
We found the drive through the park full of amazing wildlife views—time spent above ground at Wind Cave was well worth it!
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Rapid City, SD, SD, USA
Driving though the Black Hills is stunning and the icing on the cake is Rushmore. The Crazy Horse Memorial is worth a stop too.
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Black Hills, United States
Top things to do in Custer State Park Swim in Legion Lake Hike to the tallest point in South Dakota - Harney Peak, definitely for older kids. Drive the Wildlife Loop, Needles Highway, and Iron Mountain Road (on different days of course). These are...
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607 Mt Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730, USA
Let's say we struggled to find good food and tasty brews during our time in South Dakota, at least until we found Bitter Ester's Brewhouse in Custer. Atmosphere, tap list, and menu were all refreshing and delicious. A must on your trip through the...
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Black Elk Peak, Mount Rushmore UT, SD 57751, USA
At 7242 ft, Harney Peak is the highest point in the U.S. east of the Rockies. You must bag this peak! The historical fire lookout atop the peak is a must see. 360-degree views await. Use the old iron "windows" to frame your photos of the beautiful...
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1312 W 12th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104, USA
To deal with the constant quest for appropriate family-friendly dining, our investment in the book Roadfood proved fruitful. Far from a Zagat’s, this book highlights some of the best local eateries along our nation’s most traveled roads, according...
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Medora, ND 58645, USA
One of the best parts of experiential travel is going to those places most people don't think of going. In our case, this meant a 6 days long backpacking trip through one of the least visited National Parks, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, on...
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612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505, USA
I was really impressed by the variety of displays at the Heritage Center, particularly the hadrosaur that was found in-state, and the panorama of Double Ditch Indian Village. Our state has such a fascinating history with respect to the Plains...
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Maah Daah Hey Trail, Medora, ND 58645, USA
The Maah Daah Hey is 140 miles long and an interesting ride for short trips, or a huge undertaking to do the whole thing. Beautiful scenery, difficulty level varies. Doesn't get much more gorgeous that this!
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Lake Wanahoo, Center, NE 68066, USA
Grab yourself a paddle and a kayak and head toward the trees that are now submerged by the man made lake. It's a surreal experience and you can easily get lost in your head wandering through the branches. Just be careful not to get stuck!
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190276 Old Oregon Trail Road, Gering, NE 69341, USA
Nebraska covers the first third of the Oregon Trail, which got a lot of traffic in the 19th century when Conestoga wagons full of hopeful Easterners left places like Omaha and Lincoln in pursuit of a golden dream that took them straight across...
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86930 517th Ave, Royal, NE 68773, USA
About 12 million years ago, a superheated mass of magma spewed into the air in what is now Idaho. It spread ash all over the northern quadrant of North America. Animals that inhaled the ash suffocated. Near a pond in what is now Eastern Nebraska,...
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Bde Maka Ska, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Lake Calhoun is circled by nearly 3.5 miles of walking and biking trails that lead to an even longer set of trails that connect Lakes Isles and Harriet. As the largest of Minneapolis’s Chain of Lakes, Lake Calhoun is the center of water and land...
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725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
The Walker Art Center is one of the major contemporary art museums in the U.S., housing some of the most iconic and innovative visual, performing, and mixed media art in the world. The Center hosted the first major museum exhibits by Joseph...
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Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA
Minnehaha Park is a serene 193-acre green space along the Mississippi River that features a 53-foot waterfall. During the winter, the falls turn to ice, making for a dramatic landscape. With a restaurant on site, bandshell, playground, wading...
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1000 Larsen Park Rd, Sioux City, IA 51103, USA
Visiting the Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center will give you insight into the workings of the Army Corps of Engineers and its role along the waterway. Launched on May 31, 1932, the Sergeant Floyd was named after Sergeant Charles...
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Clear Lake, IA 50428, USA
This was taken on a roadtrip a few years back- We had stopped for a picnic on the shores of Clear Lake. Think I was stretching from the long ride when my hubby snapped this shot.
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1601 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125, USA
Each year in August there is a spectacle of high-flying color in motion in the sky over central Iowa. Hundreds of hot air balloonists take flight over the fields of corn and soybeans. For several days, masses of people bring their lawn chairs and...
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Collinsville, IL, USA
This 2,200-acre historic site was formerly the city of Cahokia. It’s the largest archaeological site related to the Mississippian culture and one of the largest earthen constructions in the Americas north of Mexico. Cahokia was inhabited from...
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Picnic Rd, Herod, IL 62947, USA
Get everyone outdoors and spend a day hiking, climbing and picnicking in one of Illinois’ most beautiful parks. Garden of the Gods is part of the Shawnee National Forest and has 5.5 miles of interconnected trailways meandering around beautiful...
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Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada should be on everyone's bucket list. It is spectacular in its natural beauty. This picture was taken from atop Mt. Gros Morne, which provides breathtaking views of the...