12 Great Things to Do at Sylvan Lake, South Dakota

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Sylvan Lake is one of the most popular and unique lakes in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Its popularity is widespread from locals to travelers abroad looking to see this incredibly scenic lake. Looking much like a movie backdrop with rock formations jutting out from around the shores, Sylvan Lake leaves people breathless as […]

The Complete Guide to Visiting Deadwood, South Dakota


The historic Wild West town of Deadwood, South Dakota draws over 2.5 million guests every year!  But the real question is; tourist trap or worth seeing for yourself?  Since I live just 35 minutes away from this rowdy little town, I can say firsthand that it is 100% worth the visit.  Whether you spend an […]

How to Do the Amazing Devil’s Bathtub Swimming Hole in South Dakota

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Many people have heard of Devil’s Bathtub or have driven through Spearfish Canyon and stumbled across the parking area without knowing what it is. But what exactly is Devil’s Bathtub? Devil’s Bathtub is a popular swimming hole located in the middle of the Spearfish Canyon Byway in Spearfish, South Dakota. This 1.6-mile out-and-back trail is […]

How to See Gorgeous Roughlock Falls in Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota

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With over 2.5 million people visiting the Black Hills annually, it’s still a shame that many have no idea of the magic that Roughlock Falls displays.  Roughlock Falls are cascading waterfalls located in Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota.  It is one hour away from Mt. Rushmore and is part of the 19-mile scenic byway where visitors […]

15 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Keystone, South Dakota

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An often underrated but charming little town is Keystone, South Dakota.  Are you visiting Mount Rushmore and wondering what else there is to do near it?  Look no further, because I’m going to share in detail all of the family-friendly activities to do or see while visiting one of the country’s most famous monuments! Keystone, […]

13 Awesome Things to Do in Hill City, South Dakota

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Just 20 minutes by car from Keystone, South Dakota, otherwise known as home to Mount Rushmore is Hill City.  When planning your visit to the Black Hills, you will undoubtedly have questions about what to do, where to stay, and what other cool things there are that might not be common knowledge. I like to […]

Should You Visit The Reptile Gardens In Rapid City South Dakota?

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If you are driving down the highway on your way to Mount Rushmore and you see the giant dome, crowded parking lot, and huge sign for the Reptile Gardens you may wonder, should I pull off the highway and stop? Reptile Gardens, yay or nay?  Reptile Gardens has the largest collection of reptile species in […]

Is Badlands National Park Worth Visiting? (Your Quick Guide to the Park)


If you’re visiting Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, you may be wondering whether nearby Badlands National Park is worth visiting.  People rarely travel to South Dakota just for the Badlands, but it’s worth spending a full day exploring the park by doing the scenic drive, a few hikes or short walks, and eating in the […]

Is Wall Drug In South Dakota Worth Visiting?

Wall Drug

If you’ve driven along I-90 near the Badlands of South Dakota you may have seen countless signs advertising Wall Drug and wondered if you should stop and check it out. Is the coffee really 5 cents? Is the ice water really free? Is it worth stopping? Wall Drug is a quirky tourist destination with $.05 […]

Does Mount Rushmore Have A Campground? (Best Campgrounds When Visiting)

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If you’re visiting Mount Rushmore soon, you may be wondering, “Does Mount Rushmore have a campground?” Mount Rushmore does not have a campground, but it has plenty of places to camp nearby, including public and private campgrounds, RV parks, and glamping places. In this article, I’ll highlight some of the best-rated campgrounds near Mount Rushmore […]