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Rich Carriero is a freelance writer who has backpacked...

Weirdness and Wonder in South Dakota

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In August some friends and I drove through the southwest corner of South Dakota, checking out the Badlands, Wall Drug, Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills.
Here is the custom guide that accompanies the article: http://www.gogobot.com/blog/2012/10/03/weirdness-and-wonder-in-south-dakota/
  • Hotel
    Rich Carriero's rating: 5
    Black Hills National Forest is a dramatic change from the surrounding dry plains. Filled with lakes and deep forests of aspens and ponderosa pines, it's refreshing just to... more
  • Attraction
    Rich Carriero's rating: 5
    Jewel Cave is the second longest cave system in the world and one of South Dakota's more hidden treasures. The Heavenly Route descends a tortuous series of ladders and stairs... more
  • Attraction
    Rich Carriero's rating: 5
    Custer State Park stretches over a gorgeous expanse of the Black Hills. The terrain is hilly, rocky and heavily forested. It's also a great place to see buffalo wandering... more
  • City
    Rich Carriero's rating: 5
    Deadwood, along with Tombstone and Dodge City, is one of those towns that is a living symbol of the Old West. A boom town in the 1870's, Deadwood became famous for its gambling... more
  • Restaurant
    Rich Carriero's rating: 5
    When she found out that I was visiting South Dakota, my mother insisted that we visit Wall Drug. Wall Drug Store is something of a cowboy shopping market, with a chapel, restaurant,... more
  • Attraction
    Rich Carriero's rating: 5
    Badlands is hard country, scorched by sun and wind. Buffalo graze in spacious fields along the roadside. This was one of North America's great hunting grounds.... more
  • Attraction
    Rich Carriero's rating: 5
    It rests on a plain in the hot, dry sun. Like the stones of Stonehenge, the cars-50's style trucks, 80's hatchbacks-rise mysteriously, half buried in the ground. A must... more
  • Attraction
    Rich Carriero's rating: 4
    The Cosmos Mystery Area bills itself as an area with an unusual gravitational field. It's set in the woods off of route 16 and seems like a cheeseball experience from the get... more
  • Attraction
    Rich Carriero's rating: 4
    Mount Rushmore is so iconic that it's difficult to judge properly. It looks exactly like what you've seen in every postcard your entire life. Looking at it objectively... more
  • Restaurant
    Rich Carriero's rating: 4
    I went here with my wife and friends because it is highly rated on Google Places. The menu is fairly extensive and the food is cheap. You can feel the age of the interior from heavy... more
  • Hotel
    Rich Carriero's rating: 3
    Only $16 a night but low on creature comforts. Cedar Pass is the Badlands' main campground. The wind gets very strong but the shelters are surprisingly protected.... more