Months Visited: July
We are very adventurous, and we are willing to step outside of our comfort zone in order to experience new things. We believe that we should fill our days as full as possible when we travel so that we get the most from every trip that we make. We like exciting and fun stops, but we also take time to visit historical or educational places as well. We are active and we enjoy seeing the best that nature offers, even if this means travel to remote areas and out of the way places. We also look for unique experiences during our trips. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 1 child-Boy age 12 years.
Address: 13329 US Highway 16A, East Custer, SD 57730
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Description: Custer State Park is situated in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and this park contains more than 71.000 acres of unspoiled natural beauty and the wildlife in the area is very abundant. This park contains some of the last remaining untouched wilderness that can be found in the USA, and it contains pristine terrain, a fascinating history, and large populations of native animals that are exciting to see and experience. There are more than 1,300 bison which freely roam in the park, and a number of historical spots as well. This state park is the second largest in the United States, with many hiking trails and areas of unique scenery that are incredible. Open ranges, clear mountain waters, and a large number of animals and attractions make this park a top spot for visitors who enjoy nature and wildlife, history, and some of the most beautiful scenery found anywhere. In addition to bison this park is also home to turkeys, deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, wild burros, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and other wild animals.
Our Experiences: We really enjoyed our visit to this park, it was a unique experience that was incredible. The natural beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota are frequently discussed by travel guides but nothing compares to seeing the majestic views and scenic vistas in person, and actually experiencing all of the beauty and wonder that this area offers. Pine clad mountains and vast forests provide a spectacular backdrop for all the wildlife that we saw while we were visiting. Watch out for the buffalo crossing the road. Enjoy the drive through the park but be aware of your surroundings, and remember that bison have the right of way. Bring snacks for the donkeys to get great pictures.
Address: 26611 US Highway 385, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Description: Wind Cave National Park is situated in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and it covers more than 33,000 acres of land. The caves that are located in the park draw many visitors each year, and so does the scenic beauty and abundance of wildlife in the area. These caves are influenced by the wind and the conditions above ground, and there are many entrances located in the park. This was the very first national park created because in order to provide protection for a cave, and it is considered one of the longest caves found anywhere on earth because it stretches out for over 100 miles. There are many unusual cave formations that can be found while exploring underground, and a variety of plants and animals that are native to the area can be found above the ground. Prairie dogs, pronghorn antelope, black footed ferrets, bison, deer, elk, and many other types of animals may be spotted by visitors.
Our Experiences: Wind Cave National Park is a fascinating place to visit. Above the ground we saw some incredible sights and gorgeous scenery. There are many wild animals in the area and this makes a hike or even a visit here exciting. Make sure to pay attention to your surroundings though, because the animals in the park are not tame or domesticated in any way. Exploring the cave was quite interesting, we saw many different chambers and various formations, and the wind switches direction depending on the atmosphere on top of the ground. If you want to see pristine terrain and native wildlife, and get the chance to explore an unusual cave that is extremely large and was first used by Native Americans a long time ago, then this may be a great place to visit. We give it a definite thumbs up and highly recommend it. Tickets for the cave tours are sold first come first serve. Get there as soon as the office opens to get your tickets.