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Amazing Places To Visit On A Wisconsin to Utah Road Trip

I've done the drive from Wisconsin to Utah a lot. Like, so many times. We counted the other day and since moving to Utah in 2016, we've driven across the US 19 times. 19! They've pretty much all been between Wisconsin, Florida, and Utah with varying routes. We like to make stops along the way…

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All About The Needles Highway In The Black Hills Of South Dakota

I love scenic drives.  That's no surprise if you've been here a while, so when we were in South Dakota in October I looked up as many as I could in the Black Hills.  While we didn't make it to all of them (that's you Spearfish Canyon) we did make it to two and one…

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Hike The Cathedral Spires Trail On The Needles Highway In The Black Hills

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. I loved the Cathedral Spires Trail in the Black Hills.  Like, I loved it so much.  This was such a cool hike and the area is so unique.  It's a trail that takes…

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Rankin Ridge Hike: The Best View In Wind Cave National Park

The Rankin Ridge hike in Wind cave National Park offers the best views from the highest point in the park.  This was our first real activity when we got to South Dakota and I was so excited to see me some bison and prairie dogs. The last time we were here we just drove through…

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Hike The Sylvan Lake Loop Trail Along The Needles Highway In South Dakota

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you.  Well, we're finally back to my South Dakota trip from.. October.  Today we're looking back at the Sylvan Lake Loop Trail which is one of the best stops along the Needles Highway in…

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Drive Iron Mountain Road From Custer State Park to Mount Rushmore In South Dakota

Our time in the Black Hills in October was packed full of hikes and scenic drives.  The first drive we did, well I guess second if the Custer Wildlife Loop counts, was Iron Mountain Road from Custer State Park to Mount Rushmore.  While I wasn't super excited about the beginning of it, I definitely loved…

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Bison, Burros, And The Black Hills: The Best Things To Do In Custer State Park

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. One of the first things we did when we got to the Black Hills in South Dakota was head to the Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road, well, right after visiting Wind Cave…

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 Parkand close to Mount Rushmore.  I mean really, how did I miss…

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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…

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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…