11 Things That Put South Dakota on the Map
What timing! This article was on my latest email from Travelzoo (I subscribe for the amazing travel deals. No commissions, folks! I just love the site). Hubby and I are going to South Dakota in the fall, and this article will help us map our places to visit. I have been wanting to see Mount Rushmore in a while. Guess what’s first in the list of 11. Yes, you got it!
By Blaire Constantinou, Deal Expert, Los Angeles
Let’s admit it upfront — South Dakota might not be the first summer vacation spot that comes to mind for many travelers. Some may not even be able to place it on a map other than the fact it’s south of North Dakota somewhere in the middle of the country.
But once you drive through the state and take in the wide-open spaces, rolling hills of grassland, dramatic rock formations sculpted by hand and by time, the small-town diners with legit farm-to-table food, the starry night sky — you’ll quickly understand why this Midwestern state is seriously underrated.
Pack friends or family into your car for a road trip or hop on a motorcycle for a more adventurous route. Along the way, don’t miss the state’s Great 8 and quirky side attractions that put South Dakota on the map.
1. As far as national parks go, this one rocks.Without peeking, can you name the four presidents on Mount Rushmore National Memorial? Like the Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon and Yosemite, Rushmore is one of those bucket-list icons of Americana that really needs to be seen in person. While 3 million visitors come to the park each year, it rarely seems crowded. Visit in the morning for the smallest crowds and dramatic sunrise shadows — the park opens daily at 5 a.m. Trails around the park offer unique vantage points and photo opps for a presidential selfie or two. Head to the outdoor amphitheater during summer nights to witness a moving flag-lowering ceremony and lighting of the memorial. Read more: 11 Things That Put South Dakota On The Map at the Travelzoo website.