Independence Day in South Dakota
The first time you have heard about visiting South Dakota, you probably blew it off. What is there to do in South Dakota? Go see Mount Rushmore in an hour and leave? I did a bit more research and realized that there are several national parks and monuments around Rapid City so I planned a July 4th 3-day weekend in the state. Upon arrival, I took an hour drive to Badlands National Park and tried to find my RV campgrounds. Along the way, I was surprised at the many photo opportunities involving the sun. The next day, I headed out for Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Along the way, I drove by a few surprising small historical towns including Hot Springs and Custer. Each little town was unique and there were plenty in the area. I did more research that night and headed towards Deadwood (known for the casinos that funded town growth during the Gold Rush in the area), the only town in which the whole town is recognized as a historical landmark, the next day and also visited a National Fish Hatchery before heading to the airport. Overall, the trip was filled with a lot of tourist attractions and history, a nice surprise for a trip. Not to mention, after being spoiled in the United Club lounges in Houston and Denver, my standards in airport waiting has been raised. Scroll below for photos and videos.