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Take a Trip to the Black Hills Area of South Dakota

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 9

The Black Hills Area of South Dakota is an awesome vacation destination. Located in South Dakota, the Black Hills area contains 2 of the most recognizable attractions in the United States. The Badlands National Park and Mount Rushmore. These are not the only things to see in the Black Hills area, just the most well known. Other places of interest are Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, and Deadwood South Dakota.

The Badlands National Park is a beautiful vista of rock formations unequaled in any other part of the United States. This is a unique National Park in that the visitor is allowed to climb the rock formations at your own risk. There are many marked hiking trails and you are allowed to go off trail again at your own risk. There are also many types of wildlife to view such as buffalo, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, as well as a multitude of bird life. A trip to The Badlands National Park is a must when visiting the Black Hills area.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is probably the most recognized of all the sites in the Black Hills area. Work on the Memorial was started in 1927 and continued until 1941. Gutzon Borglum is the artist who made Mount Rushmore possible. He loved the United States. Borglum choose 4 presidents that he felt were some of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. Mount Rushmore is awe inspiring and a sight to behold.

Wind Cave National Park located in the Black Hills area is home to Wind Cave. Tours are offered for a fee of varying lengths and difficulty. It is an awesome site to be inside this wonderful cave and is well worth the entrance fee. Wind Cave National Park also has hiking trails and camping. Some of the hiking trails wind through grasslands and ponderosa pine forests.

Custer State Park is a wonderful park to camp or stay at any number of great lodges within the park. The wildlife to be seen include buffalo, wild burros, elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelop, coyote, and mountain goats to name a few. There are hiking trails throught the park and bikes can be rented as well.

Deadwood South Dakota established in 1875 when gold was discovered. Some of Deadwoods more famous residents were Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. The town is brimming with history at every turn. Check out the Mount Moriah Cemetery where the famous are buried, and they have a civil war section which is very interesting. All in all a trip to Deadwood will give you memories to last a life time.

A trip to the Black Hills area is a wonderful way to see some of the United States most recognizable parks and Memorials. A trip you won't soon forget.



Jan 17, 2010 3:57pm
I have been to more than 30 of the US states, but never this area. Thank you for very good information and descriptions.
Jan 17, 2010 6:18pm
You are welcome.
Jan 22, 2010 4:11am
I would love to go to america, but hate flying and it is soooo faaar from australia, they would have to hit me on the head to get me on the plane and go there. Good article
Jan 22, 2010 5:54am
LOL So they will have to hit your head with a very precise force, so you don't get injured but sleep all the way. :)
Jan 22, 2010 7:26am
I would love to go to Australia but for the same reasons Eileen I will stay here. Thanks for reading my article.
Feb 3, 2010 4:53am
Great article on taking a trip to the Black Hills area of South Dakota.
Feb 3, 2010 7:19am
Thanks so much for reading JHKersey.
May 5, 2010 6:15pm
Wow. Thanks for the tip. I've been trying to convince my parents to go to Mt. Rushmore because I really do want to see it. It sounds like there are plenty of parks to visit.
May 6, 2010 7:15am
It's a wonderful area with many things to do thanks for reading my article gowriter.
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