The grandeur of granite rising from the cliffs of Mt. Rushmore will in one upward glance sweep away any countryman’s negative sentiments. And impress the hell out of everyone else.  Mt. Rushmore is but one impressive sight however among many packed into the Southwestern corner of South Dakota.

Anchored by Rapid City (airport code RAP), the Black Hills area still echoes with the report of Wild West Colt pistols. You can wander through Native American Indian Reservations as you contemplate what to take in first — Mt. Rushmore or Badlands National Park, Sturgis or Deadwood. Throw in the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, and the Buffalo Gap National Grassland, and a week’s vacation can be easily spent in one of the most scenic areas of the lower 48 states. And that’s before you even cross into Wyoming. Forget the guidebook, you’ll need only your Atlas and a penchant for discovery.

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One of my favorite and most memorable trips cross country ended here on this drive through South Dakota. I'd like to say a little bit of everything was found here.

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