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 South Dakota Quick Facts

Uniquely South Dakota: the town of Wall Drug
Must-See: Badlands National Park
Most Unusual: Petrified Wood Park in Lemmon
Highest Point: Harney Peak in the Black Hills National Forest, 7244 feet
Food to Try: Kuchen, a German cake

What to Do

1 Smell the ponderosa pines in the Black Hills

2 Watch for bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

3 See the presidents at Mount Rushmore

4 Stand in a place where Jesse James once stood

5 See the Mashed Potato Wrestling contest in Clark

6 Tour the Corn Palace in Mitchell

Off The Beaten Path | South Dakota

South Dakota is best known for the amazing Mount Rushmore. However, visitors to South Dakota will find many more attractions and destinations to enjoy. Throughout the state visitors will find parks with beautiful natural features, history and fascinating museums. Here are a few of the places that visitors to South Dakota should take the time to explore.

Sertoma Butterfly House
Located in Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls this is a great destination to enjoy in the city. The Sertoma Butterfly House has hundreds of butterfly's flying freely in the beautiful display. Visitors to the Butterfly House will see tropical plants, a pond and waterfall in addition to the many species of butterflies they will see freely flying throughout the exhibit.

Falls Park
This beautiful park is located within the city of Sioux Falls on the Big Sioux River. Visitors to this park can enjoy the Falls, from which the city got its name. The park covers many acres and remnants of some of Sioux Falls earliest buildings are located within the park. One notable feature within the park is the Queen Bee Mill, which was created to use the falls to produce water.

Badlands National Park
The Badlands National Park protects one of the most amazing landscapes in the country. Visitors to the park will see the millions of years of sediments and minerals exposed by the elements.  The 244,000 acres of the park also protects one of the largest expanses of mixed-grass prairies in the country. Badlands National Park is a great place for hiking and camping, it also has a wide range of animal species. This park also has amazing deposits of fossils.

Corn Palace
Visitors to South Dakota can enjoy the unique art at the Corn Palace. This unique destination features art and murals created from colored corn, grains and grasses. Originally created to showcase the thriving agricultural industry in the state, the Corn Palace has grown over the years and now has a different theme each year.

Jewel Cave National Monument
This cave has some truly spectacular underground sights. The cave is the second longest known cave in the world, measuring over 152 miles. Visitors to the cave will find all sorts of cave formations and calcite crystals. There are a variety of activities to be enjoyed on the surface at the park, but for visitors wishing to go underground there are a few different guided tours. All visitors wishing to enter the cave have to take a tour.

Circle B Ranch
Visitors to the Circle B Ranch get to take a trip back in time to an Old West town. The Circle B Ranch has Chuckwagon Suppers and Cowboy Music Show. Visitors can also stroll the streets of the Old West town, enjoy trail rides, gun fights, the petting corral and much more.

Custer State Park
This park is home to some of the country's wild areas. Visitors can drive the Wildlife Loop Road around the southern edge of the park, which has some spectacular opportunities to see the park's wildlife up close. Custer State Park is home to over 1,000 bison, and many other species of animals. In addition to the wildlife, the park has some other fascinating natural features. One feature in particular are the granite "Needles," which are slender rock outcroppings, which can be viewed from the Needles Highway.



South Dakota | Fun and Funky Things to Do

Beautiful South Dakota is filled with fun and sometimes funky destinations for visitors to explore. Here are a few of the state's fun attractions as well as some of the more interesting and funky destinations.

1880 Cowboy Town
Visitors to South Dakota that want to take  trip back to 1800s South Dakota should be sure to stop at the 1880s Cowboy Town in Murdo. The town is filled with period style buildings, which are filled with authentic furniture and all sorts of relics and memorabilia. Visitors can take tours of the town and visit the diner, store and of course the gift shop.

Bear Country USA
Located in South Dakota's Black Hills near Rapid City, Bear Country USA is an excellent destination to see some amazing North American wildlife. Visitors take a drive through the park and can see all sorts of animals, including Badgers, Bighorn Sheep, Buffalo, Bobcat, Timber Wolves and Black Bears. In fact, this destination is known for its collection of Black Bears. Visitors will have a fantastic time exploring the exhibits with all of the animals.

Ingalls Homestead Laura's Living Prairie
Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House stories should be sure to stop at the Ingalls Homestead. This destination is a spot where Wilder wrote many of her stories and is a fun family destination as well. There are ponies, horses, pioneering activities and even covered wagon rides among other things. Located in De Smet, the Ingalls Homestead is an excellent destination to learn about the prairie and pioneering.

Petrified Wood Park
Found in Lemmon, the Petrified Wood Park displays an amazing collection of sculptures and buildings created from petrified wood, dinosaur and mammoth bones, as well as round river rocks. Visitors can see the conical sculptures, the castle and many more fascinating sculptures.

Porter Sculpture Park
Travelers that are interested in giant metal sculptures along the side of the road will love the Porter Sculpture Park in Montrose. This park is filled with amazing sculpture will be stunned by the creations of Wayne Porter. This park has over 40 sculptures, including the Bull's Head, a Chinese dragon, the Grim Reaper and many more.

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South Carolina Quick Facts

Uniquely South Carolina: The Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston

Must See: Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired

Most Unusual: Button King Museum in Bishopville

Highest Point: Sassafras Mountain at 3,560 feet

Food to Try: She-Crab soup and Gullah okra gumbo

What to Do:

1 See the beauty of the Raven Cliff Falls

2 Have fun at beautiful Myrtle Beach

3 Hike the trails at Congaree National Park, which preserves the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States

4 Learn all about the Gullah culture at a Gullah festival

5 Follow culture and explore the state on the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway

Off The Beaten Path, South Carolina

South Carolina is a beautiful state, filled with excellent destinations to visit. It is impossible to highlight all of the amazing places you could visit while on a trip to South Carolina. South Carolina has history, beautiful natural wonders and much more. Here are just a few of the places you could visit during a trip to the state of South Carolina.

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Mt. Pleasant
This National Park preserves this coastal plantation in remembrance of Charles Pinckney. Charles Pinckney was an author and signer of the Constitution, however, he is known as the "forgotten founder." This park tells the story of the life of Charles Pinckney, and the plantation history. Visitors to Charles Pinckney National Historic Site can walk on the 1/2 mile walking trail to learn all about the history of the site. In addition, visitors can explore the museum at the farmhouse on the former plantation.

Old Slave Mart Museum, Charleston
The Old Slave Mart Museum is housed in a building that was once used as a slave auction gallery. Today the museum gives visitors a glimpse into the history of the slave trade in South Carolina. The Old Slave Mart museum especially focuses on the history of the building, which was once part of a complex known as Ryan's Mart.

Fripp Island
Fripp Island is one of the South Carolina Sea Islands, and it is a wildlife sanctuary. This is a popular vacation destination during the summer season, but it is uncrowded during the off-season, with only a small population of permanent residents. Visitors to the island can enjoy a beautiful vacation at the resort, while also enjoying access to the islands beaches, kayaking, and golfing.

Congaree National Park, Hopkins
Congaree National Park preserves the largest remaining example of old-growth floodplain forest. This park has an amazing array of large old-grwoth hardwoods and pines, animals and plants. Visitors to Congaree can enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, educational and ranger led programs. One of the best ways to enjoy the wonders of Congaree National Park is by canoeing and kayaking tours, both self and ranger guided.

Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway
Another way to enjoy the great state of South Carolina is on the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway. The highway passes along the northwest edge of the state. Travelers on the highway can enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along the way there are many points of interest, including peach orchards, Cowpens National Battlefield, towns and much more.

Table Rock State Park
Located on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Table Rock State Park is a great location for an outdoor adventure. The park has two lakes, a lodge and many opportunities for recreation. Table Rock State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and since its creation it has been a great South Carolina destination. Visitors to the park can enjoy camping, hiking and more. Table Rock State Park is the trailhead for the Foothills Trail.

Raven Cliff Falls, Cleveland
These falls are the highest in the state. The Raven Cliff Falls drop a spectacular 400 feet. Located in Caesars Head State Park, these falls are a great destination to enjoy the beauty of South Carolina and enjoy a day of recreation. Visitors can take a nice hike on the Gum Gap/Foothill Trail to reach the top of the falls, where they can enjoy the beautiful falls.

South Carolina | Fun and Funky Things to Do

South Carolina is a beautiful state, with many amazing destinations for its visitors. For those visitors that want to see something a bit fun or a bit funky, here are a few excellent attractions.

Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village, Sheldon
Near Sheldon visitors to South Carolina can visit the Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village. Within the over 25 acres of the village there are many interesting sights, including many sculptures. Visitors also have the opportunity to learn about the culture and religion of the town.

Miniature Golf Capital of the World, Myrtle Beach
One feature of Myrtle Beach that many people may not be aware of is its many miniature golf courses. Visitors can explore the over 50 different golf courses to see the many amazing features. The range of themes stretches from volcanoes to palm trees. While exploring these features, visitors can have a lot of fun playing many games of miniature golf.

UFO Welcome Center, Bowman
Visitors to Bowman can take some time to learn about welcoming aliens to our planet. The owner has built an environment that he believes will be a welcoming environment for humans and non-humans to make contact.

Button King Museum, Bishopville
For those visitors that want to see an amazing display of buttons, the Button King Museum is an amazing destination. The museum is filled with items covered in buttons. These displays represent the collection and hobby of one man. Visitors to the museum will have a fantastic time exploring and enjoying all of the different buttons and items.

South if the Boarder, Dillon
Visitors to Dillon will be surprised by the amazing collection of Mexican themed buildings. The town has a mascot, restaurants, neon lights and much more. South of the Border is an excellent place to stop while on the road, and it is also a destination all by itself if you want to experience Mexico while still in the United States.

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