South Dakota Dream Road Trip
Taking a road trip is an exciting and fun adventure for anyone. Whether you want to take a family vacation with your loving spouse and beautiful children or you want to declare your independence on the open road, going on a road trip is an incredible experience. It is liberating in ways that no one could anticipate, and provides you with the opportunity to learn more about yourself and other people and places. South Dakota is a popular prospective destination, with all of the intriguing things the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota have to offer.
There is so much that can be done on a road trip to South Dakota, and each thing should be considered heavily beforehand to ensure a smooth and enjoyable ride. Things like RV rentals and the fluctuation of gas prices can be definitively important in the planning process, but determining where to take that camper rental you acquired during the trip is equally important and definitely more fun. Some of the most interesting parts of the South Dakota Black Hills and Badlands for people on a road trip in their motorhome rental are as follows!
Custer State Park
In addition to the beauty and majesty offered by the Badlands National Park, there is the world-famous wildlife destination of Custer State Park. This state park is a wonder to take in from the window of your motorhome rental, and it is even more amazing when you emerge. The scenic drives and rich cultural history are only improved upon by the fishing lakes and campgrounds available. The state park is roughly 71,000 acres and is easily accessed by the majority of individuals. It has been the sight of many different cultural and historical events of value, and the multitude of heritages provides an amazing opportunity for education and personal growth. The park is famous for its outdoor recreation opportunities, though, and it certain has an intense amount of options for families and individuals alike. There are hikes and fishing, but the park sponsors specific events regularly depending on the time of year. Animals that are commonly seen on the wildlife loop roaming freely in the park include prairie dog (seen in “prairie dog town”), antelope, buffalo, elk, big horn sheep white-tailed deer and mule deer.
Mount Rushmore in an RV Rental
Everyone has heard of the beautiful, majestic mountain with the faces of previous presidents carved into it. Mount Rushmore, the concept was introduced by Doane Robinson in 1923. Robinson then persuaded a sculptor to inspect the prospective area and get started on the work. Mount Rushmore is a formation in Black Hills with sixty foot tall sculptures of four presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. It was created to introduce more tourism to South Dakota, and it is an incredible sight. It was completed in 1941 with the efforts of both primary sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum. This iconic national symbol is incredibly popular attracting roughly two million visitors annually. It would be a great place to visit in your RV rental with your kids.
The historic opportunity presented by a visit to the classic Wild West town of Deadwood is invaluable. The final resting places of famous western cowboys like Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are seen on the walking tour of the establishment, and there are many other interesting and fun things to see on this journey. If historical sights are less your pace, then you can also enjoy visiting the casino and saloons offered by this intriguing town. Gaming halls and cocktails are a great way to enjoy any road trip, whether that trip was with your family or on your lonesome. The opportunities provided by the Wild West town are not something to pass up! They are entertaining for everyone.
The Sturgis Rally is the brainchild of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club. They had organized the very first motorcyle rally in 1938 on August 14, and are now responsible for manning the tracks, hillclimb, and field areas adjacent to the location of the event. Tens of thousand participate in this cult-like festival every year.
Crazy Horse Memorial
Located just 17 miles from Mt. Rushmore is another world renowned mountain sculpture, the Crazy Horse Memorial. It is 10 times larger than Mt. Rushmore and has been under construction since 1948 and will require many more years until completion due to its enormous size and complexity. The sculpture features Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior riding a horse and pointing off into the distance. Located on sacred Indian grounds it is the work of Korczak Ziolkowski. Words or pictures cannot begin to describe this man-made wonder enshrined in a natural backdrop. It is a must see for all adventurers.
Badlands National Park
With rugged natural beauty that is hard to find in any other place, Badlands National Park is an excellent place to have a good time. The geologic deposits are home to impressive fossil beds with rhinos, horses, and saber-tooth tigers embedded in the minerals. Of course, the gorgeous rock formation is not the only thing offered by this South Dakota national park.
The entire park is over 244,000 acres with several fun and interesting creatures. Bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets are all happily living in the grassy planes of this beautiful park. The park is an amazing place for families, with fun activities for kids and interesting informational guides for the adults, but it is also a stimulating and motivational experience for the individual. Witnessing such incredible natural beauty can be a moving, wondrous sight that offers an intense emotional experience when done in solitude, and this is something that is often unachievable for those who visit with friends or family. There is a certain character building that comes with experiencing something so beautiful from the comfort of a camper rental in a national park.