Badlands Below Zero: Tips For Visiting The Badlands In The Winter

Badlands National Park is awesome in the summer, but I wanted to see it in the winter, covered in snow.  Now that I've seen (almost) all the parks between Utah and Wisconsin in the spring or summer, it's time to see them in the winter.  Everything just looks so different with a layer of snow.…

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An Afternoon With Bison In Wind Cave National Park

I don't know how I missed it last year since I stayed 20 minutes away, but I did.  I missed Wind Cave National Park, a short drive from Hot Springs, South Dakota and a couple hours from the Badlands.  It's neighboring Custer State Park and close to Mount Rushmore.  I mean really, how did I…

Back To The Badlands (For Real This Time)

Last year you may recall a post called Back To The Badlands when, in fact, it was my first time there.  Well, buckle up or get ready or something because I actually went back to the Badlands.  Twice.  I bet you're already impressed and you haven't even read about it yet. Well, on my way…

Wind Cave bison

Why South Dakota Isn’t Actually The Worst

I always saw the commercials at home for visiting South Dakota.  I always thought why would you want to go there for fun?  I always thought it was flat and boring with nothing to look at SPOILER ALERT: It's not, that might actually be Illinois (at least until I visit again, maybe.)  Sorry, Illinois.  Sort of.…

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Visit Mount Rushmore On Your South Dakota Road Trip

It was a busy day.  We left Brookings bright and early with the Badlands on our minds.  We figured since we were close, we would go to Mount Rushmore too.  I had heard some not so exciting things about it, that it's not all that impressive, but I mean, we had to go.  It's Mount…