From Wyoming we traveled on into South Dakota, heading straight for the Black Hills.
Our first stop in South Dakota was Deadwood, home to a few Wild West legends. Wild Bill Hickok was shot while playing poker in a saloon. Calamity Jane lived in Deadwood for awhile. She was friends with Wild Bill and occasionally worked for Madam Dora DuFran.
MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Mount Rushmore as seen from afar. The memorial is carved in the background mountain on the left.
Mount Rushmore up close.
KOA AT PALMER GULCH
We stayed two nights at this KOA. Besides our stay in Minnesota with family, that was our longest stay at any one campground.
BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST & CUSTER STATE PARK
Driving around the Black Hills was amazing. Each turn, breathtaking.
The roads were windy. The tunnels were narrow. A wild donkey peeked in our car.
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL
It was time to remember those who came before us at the Crazy Horse Memorial.
The museum building was gorgeous with a ton of cultural works on display.
The carving of the Oglala Lakota warrior has been in the making since 1948 and is not yet complete.
At dark, an informative program was portrayed on the carving itself.
OLD MACDONALD’S FARM
About a half an hour from the KOA we were staying at was Old Macdonald’s Petting Farm. We stopped in for a quick peek before heading on our way towards Minnesota.
Of course we stopped at Wall Drug.
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK
We drove a quick loop through the geological wonders of The Badlands.
TERRY REDLIN ART CENTER
We are fans of Terry Redlin’s oil paintings, so we toured the Art Center.
South Dakota did not disappoint. There were so many beautiful places and we brought home many memories. It is definitely on my list of places to visit again.
2006 Road Trip National Parks Tally:
National Parks: 3
National Monuments: 2
National Memorial: 1