Take a step back into America's Old West by visiting South Dakota. You will be amazed by the striking South Dakota landscape of buttes, canyons and the majestic Missouri River. Your visit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial that features presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum chose those four men because to him, they represented the “birth, growth, development and preservation of this country”. The monument is open 365 days a year, features a museum and walking trails, and is surrounded by great RV parks and hotels. After Mount Rushmore, travel to other great Western destinations by RVing on the Badlands Loop Scenic Byway to explore the stunning South Dakota landscape. Stop at the 244,000 acre Badlands National Park to explore skeletons of saber tooth cats and other prehistoric remains. It’s a great place for camping and hiking, too. You won’t want to miss the beautiful Crazy Horse Memorial, begun in 1948 and currently under construction for completion. The mountain carving is a tribute to the famed Lakota leader. Learn more about the Native American history of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux tribes in pine forested mountains of the state’s southwestern Black Hills region. Take a trip back to the 19th century with a visit to the town of Deadwood for a glimpse into what this gold rush town was like in the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. There are so many other great places to visit in South Dakota, like the 71,000-acre Custer State Park with its bison, elk and antelope herds, or the Jewel Cave National Monument, which is the third-longest cave in the world. There are very few unspoiled and untamed wilderness areas left in America, and South Dakota’s picturesque beauty is a stunning reminder of what this great land was and is today.
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The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level. South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with conceiving the idea of carving the likenesses of famous people into the Black Hills region of South Dakota in order to promote tourism in the region. Robinson's initial idea was to sculpt the Needles; however, Gutzon Borglum rejected the Needles site because of the poor quality of the granite and strong opposition from environmentalists and Native American groups. They settled on the Mount Rushmore location, which also has the advantage of facing southeast for maximum sun exposure. Robinson wanted it to feature western heroes like Lewis and Clark, Red Cloud and Buffalo Bill Cody but Borglum decided the sculpture should have a more national focus, and chose the four presidents whose likenesses would be carved into the mountain. After securing federal funding, construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents' faces were completed between 1934 and 1939. Upon Gutzon Borglum's death in March 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum took over construction. Although the initial concept called for each president to be depicted from head to waist, lack of funding forced construction to end in late October 1941. The U.S. National Park Service took control of the memorial in 1933, while it was still under construction, and has managed the memorial to the present day. It attracts nearly three million people annually. National Treasure 2 might have been a complete fabrication of American history, but Nicolas Cage was right about one thing: there's a secret room hidden away in Keystone, South Dakota's Mount Rushmore.. and it's filled with awesome stuff!
Reptile Gardens is an animal park located south of Rapid City, South Dakota on the road to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Its mission is to "offer Guests an amazing experience while positively contributing to the future of our animal residents, as well as our community, by educating the public about important environmental issues and working closely with many major zoos worldwide to promote species survival". Housing a large variety of unique reptiles and exotic plants, Reptile Gardens has a strong tradition of community involvement and wildlife education for people of all ages. Reptile Gardens was cited in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records for being the world's largest reptile zoo.
Very few people have had a full-grown black bear look in the window of their family car, or if they have, it was not by choice. Even fewer have seen a reindeer or a elk up close. However, many people are getting experiences like these at Bear Country U.S.A. in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Nestled over 250 acres amidst towering pines and along rolling meadows just eight miles south of Rapid City, Bear Country U.S.A. offers visitors intimate views of most North American mammals. Visitors take a leisurely three-mile drive through several enclosures and encounter black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, dall sheep and buffalo. At this "the home of the largest collection of privately owned black bear in the world", Bear Country U.S.A. guests are guaranteed to see more than they bargained for. From the comfort of their own car, visitors watch as these clowns of nature frolic in a pool, climb trees and amble across the road in front of their vehicle.
Mount Moriah Cemetery on Mount Moriah in Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota is the burial place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock, and other notable figures of the Wild West. By tradition, the American flag flies over the cemetery 24 hours a day, rather than merely from sunrise to sunset.
The Days of ’76 began as a way to honor Deadwood’s first pioneers - the prospectors, miners, muleskinners and madams who poured into the Black Hills in 1876 to settle the gold-filled gulches of Dakota Territory. Since the first celebration in 1924, the Days of ‘76 has grown into a legendary annual event with a historic parade and an award-winning PRCA rodeo. The Days of ’76 museum began informally, as a repository for the horse drawn wagons and stage coaches, carriages, clothing, memorabilia and archives generated by the Celebration.Visit Days Of 76 Campground
Lewis and Clark Lake, near Yankton, is one of the state park system's most popular resort parks. Three separate campgrounds comprise this modern recreation area, attracting visitors from throughout the Midwest. Modern resort facilities - from marinas to camping cabins to sandy beaches - attract water lovers to Lewis and Clark.Visit Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
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