When traveling in South Dakota you will find wide open spaces. Adventure can still be found when traveling through the badlands and you will come out safe and sound unlike the old days. There are many beautiful rock formations both above and underground. You can stand on the ground of Custer’s last stand and have an understanding of the history of our country.
There is a reason all the bikers visit Spearhead each year you will find the drive wide open and beautiful. The scenic highway through Spearhead Canyon is one that is not to be missed when visiting South Dakota winding along the byway you will see wildlife, scenic vistas and develop a love of the land.
Big Stone Island is a wilderness area in the Big Stone Lake Area you can only get to the island by boat or canoe. You will find a hundred acres island that has been visited for centuries. You will be able to wander the shores of the island and it will take you to a simpler time.
If you looking for a less traveled area to explore and spend a little down time you will want to visit Custer State Park. This park is just outside of the Black Hills so if you have always wanted to see Mount Rushmore it is just a quick trip.
Custer State Park offers the Needles Highway for viewing the geography and Wildlife Loop Road for viewing buffalo, antelope, mountain goat and other wildlife found in the area. You can hike the area on many of the hiking trails and take in the clean air beautiful terrain and recharge your batteries.
While you are seeking an adventure above ground there are geological wonders below ground as well. South Dakota has two underground caves that are worth visiting. The Jewel Cave that is famous for its calcite deposits, when I first saw these as a kid, I thought they had to be diamonds. The Wind Cave is huge with hundred and ten miles of cave to explore. The area above the Wind Cave is full of ponderosa pine, mixed with prairie grass and the elk and the buffalo love this area.
The locals and people who live in the Midwest have a favorite place it’s called Lewis and Clark Recreation area. The area is famous for its sandy beaches, beautiful lake, boating, water skiing and known as a great place to get outdoors and enjoy yourself.
When traveling in South Dakota you feel the open spaces, enjoy the wildlife a find adventure around every turn.