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Location: Sioux Falls

Day 1 - 10 Jun 2019

Sioux Falls Park

Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Park
Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Park
Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Park
Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Park

Content: Early in the morning we commenced our journey towards Sioux Falls Park from Minneapolis which was approx 4 hours away. Walking through the park we reached the falls. It offered beautiful scenery and sound of roaring waterfalls was mesmerizing. Later visited a small tower and had a spectacular view of the falls. Place is handicap accessible.

Old Courthouse Museum

Sioux Falls, Old Courthouse Museum
Sioux Falls, Old Courthouse Museum
Sioux Falls, Old Courthouse Museum

Content: Later with the short drive we visited our next destination in Sioux which was Old Courthouse Museum. Place is loaded with artifacts and history, well arranged display of toys and vintage motor bikes. The best thing was it still consist hanging chain flush. Entry was free and staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.

Location: Mitchell

Day 1 - 10 Jun 2019

The Mitchell Corn Palace

Mitchell, The Mitchell Corn Palace
Mitchell, The Mitchell Corn Palace
Mitchell, The Mitchell Corn Palace

Content: Further with we headed towards Mitchell where we visited The Mitchell Corn Palace which is the only corn palace in world. It was built to prove that South Dakota had a healthy agricultural climate. A place loaded with history, saw some lovely murals made up of corn which are replaced every year.

Hampton Inn Mitchell

Mitchell, Hampton Inn Mitchell
Mitchell, Hampton Inn Mitchell
Mitchell, Hampton Inn Mitchell

Content: Taking a 10 min drive we checked-in to a hotel. Place was accommodating and well located. Staff was helpful and kind, rooms were big enough and clean. It is a pet friendly hotel but little bit overpriced.

El Columpio

Mitchell, El Columpio

Content: In the evening visited a local Mexican restaurant, we had a meal of the day which was Shrimp Alajillo served with green sauce, hospitality was amazing and staff was very helpful and attentive. Portion were appropriate. It is a value for money place.

Location: Custer

Day 2 - 11 Jun 2019

Center Lake campground

Custer, Center Lake campground
Custer, Center Lake campground
Custer, Center Lake campground

Content: Had a our packed breakfast early in the morning and took almost 5 hours drive passing through the black hills we reached Custer State Park. Here at the camp site we camped our tent for our 2 days stay. Need to reach as early as possible, as there are limited camps or book in advance.

Wildlife Loop Road

Custer, Wildlife Loop Road
Custer, Wildlife Loop Road
Custer, Wildlife Loop Road

Content: Dropping off our luggage at the camp we drived through Wildlife Loop Road and saw some Bison and Burrows. At some places we had to stop and let the herd of animals pass through. It is definetly a place to drive around in nature among the wildlife.

Center Lake campground

Custer, Center Lake campground

Content: In the evening after returning back from the loop we had our dinner at the campsite itself. The taste was not that good but it was a lovely experience having dinner under the moon.

Location: Custer

Day 3 - 12 Jun 2019

Crazy Horse Memorial

Custer, Crazy Horse Memorial
Custer, Crazy Horse Memorial
Custer, Crazy Horse Memorial

Content: In the morning after some healthy breakfast we headed towards Crazy Horse Memorial passing through wildlife loop road. It is the monument carved in a mountain which is fascinating and well maintained. Crazy horse represents American history. Entry is costly, bus tour can be affordable.

Sylvan Lake

Custer, Sylvan Lake
Custer, Sylvan Lake
Custer, Sylvan Lake

Content: Sylvan Lake is known as the crown jewel of the park which offers activities like rock climbing, boating etc. Lake was very peaceful, we hiked through the beautiful scenic trails around the lake, view was breath taking and doesn't require any skills. The path is well built and maintained. It is one of the better sights of black Hills

Center Lake campground

Custer, Center Lake campground

Content: In the evening we returned back to our campsite and had a wonderful fishing experience with other campers and later had our packed food for dinner.

Location: Custer

Day 4 - 13 Jun 2019

Iron Mountain road

Custer, Iron Mountain road
Custer, Iron Mountain road
Custer, Iron Mountain road

Content: After breakfast we planned to explore spectacularly engineered Iron Mountain Road which connects Mount Rushmore National Memorial that takes around 20 mins drive. The drive was delightful and the beautiful view points and landscape were amazing. Need to drive slowly as the road has lots of turns and twists.

Needles Highway

Custer, Needles Highway
Custer, Needles Highway
Custer, Needles Highway

Content: After passing through Iron mountain road we entered Needles highway which is covered by dense pine and spruce forests. The road is surrounded by sharp granite formations and tight tunnels. This drive is not for faint hearts as there are sharp turns.

Mount Rushmore

Custer, Mount Rushmore
Custer, Mount Rushmore
Custer, Mount Rushmore

Content: Later en-routing towards Keystone we took a stop at Mount Rushmore which is a memorial which consists of four gigantic sculptures depicting the faces of U.S. Presidents. We hiked through the trails which took us around 2 hours to reach the sculptures but it was worth it which looked beautiful from a certain distance.

Location: Keystone

Day 4 - 13 Jun 2019

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Keystone

Keystone, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Keystone
Keystone, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Keystone
Keystone, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Keystone

Content: With a short 10 min drive we checked-in to hotel located in Keystone. Lovely location having walking distance from the town, small clean decent rooms, service was lacking.

Ruby House Restaurant

Keystone, Ruby House Restaurant
Keystone, Ruby House Restaurant
Keystone, Ruby House Restaurant

Content: Visited a local American restaurant for our dinner, lovely attractive decor. We ordered buffalo melt sandwich which was delicious and service was excellent. Price was reasonable too.

Location: Rapid city

Day 5 - 14 Jun 2019

Badlands Wall Drug

Rapid city, Badlands Wall Drug
Rapid city, Badlands Wall Drug
Rapid city, Badlands Wall Drug

Content: With an early breakfast we headed towards Badlands National Park which took around 1 hour to reach to our first destination of the day which was Badlands Wall Drug. Which is a wild-west theme mall, the cow boy theme is attractive consisting of art museum and dinosaur statue.

Cedar Pass Campground

Rapid city, Cedar Pass Campground
Rapid city, Cedar Pass Campground
Rapid city, Cedar Pass Campground

Content: With a short drive reached Badlands National Park and camped in Cedar pass campground which is surrounded by unique Badlands formations. Permit is not required here.

Badlands National Park

Rapid city, Badlands National Park
Rapid city, Badlands National Park
Rapid city, Badlands National Park

Content: Dropping off our at our camping site we planned to stroll around the Badlands National Park. We saw how the layer of rock was exposed in a variety of geological formations as the river kept changing its course. The Badlands are covered by sparse vegetation and home to abandon wildlife. We saw herds of Bison and Deer.

Cedar Pass Campground

Rapid city, Cedar Pass Campground

Content: In the evening we returned back to our camp and had our dinner at the campsite under the moonlight.

Location: Rapid city

Day 6 - 15 Jun 2019

Badlands Loop Road

Rapid city, Badlands Loop Road
Rapid city, Badlands Loop Road
Rapid city, Badlands Loop Road

Content: Grabbed some energy bars and started exploring the park. Our first stop for the day was Badlands loop road, it was a two lane paved road offering lots of beautiful plains and scenery. Here every overlook provides a unique view over the Badlands. Half day is required to explore with each stop.

Notch Trail

Rapid city, Notch Trail
Rapid city, Notch Trail
Rapid city, Notch Trail

Content: Passing by loop road we stopped and took a Notch trail known for its exceptional views. The trail was strenuous, along cliff edges, and had a vertical log ladder to ascend the Badlands Wall. The view was breathtaking and worth the hike.

Cedar Pass Campground

Rapid city, Cedar Pass Campground

Content: Returned back from the trail and had a bonfire with others where we shared our experience about the journey and had our dinner. We got some new friends and they were kind and friendly.

Location: Rapid city

Day 7 - 16 Jun 2019

Colonial House Restaurant and Bar

Rapid city, Colonial House Restaurant and Bar
Rapid city, Colonial House Restaurant and Bar
Rapid city, Colonial House Restaurant and Bar

Content: We left in the morning and visited Colonial House Restaurant and Bar for our breakfast had cinnamon rolls and coffee both were excellent in taste and service was great. After breakfast we returned back to Wisconsin.