Aside from the fact that it is home to one of the countrys most famous mountain monument, Mount Rushmore, there really arent that many reasons to visit South Dakota. Or are there? South Dakota is perennially underrated. But, for those in the know, South Dakota keeps a secret only the most ardent will be able to unveil. And if you visit South Dakotas Black Hills, youll start to appreciate the states stunning charms as well. Here are some of the reasons why you should visit Black Hills.
Work your way from the equally breathtaking Badlands across rivers, through caves, over mountains, and ending in Black Hills, this has got to be the longest spectacular scenery you can ever treat yourself with. The Spearfish Canyon snakes its way across the face of the earth, producing a landscape that can rival that of other canyons in the world. Add to this the iconic Mount Rushmore, although you really have to deal with the throngs of visitors if you do decide to go. A better option is to spend the rest of the day on any of the numerous mountain lakes that stand guard to the Rushmore monument. Its the perfect getaway for climbers and hikers as they get to marvel at Mother Natures creations in full abandon.
Sturgis is home to one of the worlds largest motorcycle events year in and year out. Bikers from all over the world flock to this quaint little town and showcase their two-wheeled engineering marvels either in a friendly competition or a more serious one. And while you ogle at these soon-to-be biking legends, you can always take a detour at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and the Bear Butte State Park.
A taste of HBOs Deadwood
Fans of HBOs Deadwood TV series can all flock to the town that started it all Deadwood. Its a living museum, dedicated to family-friendly debauchery while providing guests and visitors a rare glimpse of what its like to live in a real-life, life-sized boob-tube set.
A little Black Hills culture
Belle Fourche and Spearfish may be considered bucolic, but they do provide a chance to learn more about the region. Youll be treated to the warm hospitality of South Dakotans while sampling their beef tip quesadilla and macho nacho at the Stadium Sports Grill; cream ale, maibock, and porter at the Crow Peak Brewing Co.; and the best onion rings youll ever have in the Northern Midwest at Lewies.
The Devils Tower
Standing more than 5,000 feet above sea level, the Devils Tower is an imposing geologic feature that looks more like a Turkish fez. Climbing its almost vertical face will definitely test your determination.
This is just one of the USA’s little-known but worthwhile travel destinations. There are loads of more places to explore in this great country such as this.
Mount Rushmore is not the only reason to visit South Dakota. Black Hills and its surroundings have a lot to offer, too. One only needs to open his senses to the raw beauty of this land and you will be hooked forever. It’s worth the trip to this off-beat travel location.