South Dakota


Martin Van Buren sculpture/Laura Motta
Martin Van Buren sculpture/Laura Motta

It’s the classic American road trip: a rambling drive along Interstate 90 in South Dakota, stopping at such iconic sights as Mt. Rushmore and Wall Drug along the way. The route also passes directly through Rapid City, which offers a mix of history and Old West charm, along with... Read More

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Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park/Laura Motta
Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park/Laura Motta

This year, the 100th anniversary of America’s national parks inspired millions to get outside and explore some of the country’s most astonishing beauty. But the centennial programming was almost too successful: National parks across the country saw a surge of visitors, leading to long wait times and large crowds. The good... Read More

Pinnacles Overlook/Laura Motta
Pinnacles Overlook/Laura Motta

South Dakota’s Black Hills, in the southwestern part of the state, epitomize the idea of the American West. Rolling, grass-covered plains, buffalo munching on grass, herds of ambling black cattle, craggy rock formations that predate human existence — it’s all there. So many pass through this area while traversing... Read More

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Love trinkets and other souvenirs? On your next trip, we suggest taking a step behind the jewelry counter to explore how your favorite pieces are crafted — and of course get a great hands-on experience while you’re at it, too. These five tours allow you to blow your own glass, check... Read More

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Autumn’s crisp days and sunny skies make for fantastic travel opportunities and you’ll be getting out of town in no time with our 10 quick and easy fall getaways. Our list runs the gamut from crowd-free cities and autumn harvest bounties (think pumpkins and grape vines) to island beaches... Read More

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[Updated June 2016] With its day-long beach parties, afternoon parades, nightly concerts, and dazzling fireworks, July 4th isn’t your everyday holiday — it’s the birthday of the good ol’ U.S. of A., and everyone’s invited to the countrywide party. Whether you’re into paying tribute to American history or just enjoying... Read More

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“Look, South Dakota,” you might say to your child as you fly over the state, in the same insouciant way in which you say, “Look, cows,” as you blow past a farm in the family minivan. For some families, a fleeting nod to the Midwest (or cows) might be enough.... Read More

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By: Molly Fergus America the beautiful, sure, but America the strange? You bet. We’ve dug up 10 weird sights in America that run the gamut from natural abnormalities (albino squirrels, displaced deserts) to the downright odd (gravity vortexes, mystery lights). Hit the road this summer and seek out the curious... Read More