The forgotten state?
by H Milan Winkelhock - 5 years ago
Very few people actually make it to this state for pure vacation or tourism purposes, but there are a few things to see. South Dakota is really far away from anything, but we flew up on a Thanksgiving weekend to visit the westernmost corner where Mt. Rushmore is. As expected there are basically three sights, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore and Bear Country USA. In fact, all three are pretty awesome but it can be experienced in about two days in total. Mt. Rushmore is an awe inspiring creation, and it is difficult to imagine without visiting how hard it must have been to create these sculptures. (A few years from now Crazy Horse will be finished as well so there will be two huge carving monuments to see). Also, Bear Country should not be underestimated, it is one of my favorite places in the country (but I also love bears). Imagine an open safari style zoo that you drive through that is just packed full of bears of all sizes shapes and color. You can get really close to them and see them go about their usual business of playing and eating apples. When done with the big bears, there is a smaller are upfront where the cubs are places until they grow up.