The Dakotas: Sioux Falls, Badlands, Wind Cave NP, Crazy Horse, Mt Rushmore, TR NP and More!
We were sad to leave Minnesota after almost three weeks of relaxation at Alison’s family cabin in lake country and our Boundary Waters Canoe Area adventure. However, we were also excited to start the journey our west and see some more national parks!
Our journey took us through South and North Dakota en route to Glacier National Park in Montana. Alison’s uncle (Uncle Jon) mentioned that it would be worth visiting Medora, North Dakota as it is home to some amazing badlands and the Teddy Roosevelt National Park. We followed his advice and despite cold weather and driving rain, had a good time up there!
After a couple days we made it to a campsite just outside the eastern boundary of Glacier National Park. Along the way we camped at Wind Cave National Park and stayed in a couple motels.
We saw a lot of cool stuff. South Dakota in particular is full of neat (and bizarre!) things to see: quaint little towns, Sioux Falls, the Corn Palace, Wall Drug (a massive store, cafe, historical center), Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, National Grasslands (the prairie!), and all kinds of other oddities off the I-90.
FYI – we didn’t explore much else in western North Dakota….from what people told me it, the oil boom in the area has really changed it and it’s a gritty and not-so-nice place to travel around. In fact, some of the small towns in Western North Dakota have some of the highest rents in the country. Every available square foot is being occupied by oil industry workers. We saw a ton of little oil wells dotting the country-side as we drove along.