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South Dakota GALLERY
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Marked by windswept prairies, rugged badlands, and an emerald oasis known as the Black Hills, South Dakota is a state of rugged beauty. The chiseled spires, ragged ridges, and steep-sided canyons of Badlands National Park are awe-inspiring, while the Black Hills, with its imposing peaks and the famed Mount Rushmore monument, attracts sizable crowds in summer.

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Badlands National Park

So stark and forbidding are the chiseled spires, ragged ridgelines, and deep ravines of South Dakota's badlands that Lieutenant Colonel George...

Hot Springs

Noted for its striking sandstone structures, the small and historic community of Hot Springs is the gateway to Wind Cave National Park. ...

Crazy Horse Memorial

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Custer

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Belle Fourche

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Deadwood

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Lead

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Spearfish

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Hill City

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Keystone

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Wind Cave National Park

If you don't get out of your car at Wind Cave, you haven't scratched the surface—literally. The park has more than 145 miles of underground...

Outside Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park is off Interstate 90 with two separate entrances. Badlands can be a one- or two-day stop for visitors who are traveling...

Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills

An emerald isle in a sea of prairie," as they are sometimes called, the Black Hills rise up from the western South Dakota plains just over the...

Custer and Crazy Horse Memorial

About 30 miles north of Hot Springs is the town of Custer, the Mother City of the Black Hills. Near here, George Armstrong Custer and his expedition...

Deadwood and Around

In one of America's longest ongoing historic preservation projects, you'll discover brick streets fronted by Victorian architecture, with Main...

Keystone and Hill City

The small town of Keystone, 2 miles from Mount Rushmore, has an abundance of restaurants, shops, and attractions, from wax museums to miniature...

Outside Wind Cave National Park

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