There’s much to be discovered in the Dakotas–this region not only provides a glimpse into old-fashioned America, but it’s also home to many beautiful natural wonders.
This park is divided into three units: North, South, and Elkhorn Ranch. The Elkhorn Ranch portion is actually the former home ranch of the park’s namesake, Teddy Roosevelt. A word of warning, though; the ranch can only be reached by a 35-mile drive on gravel roads. Both the North and South Units offer excellent hiking opportunities.
You’ve probably seen the movie (and maybe even the TV show), so you don’t want to miss the chance to see the city that inspired it all. Most notably, the city is home to Bonanzaville, a super fun (and super historically accurate) pioneer village and museum.
Located both in North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada, the International Peace Garden is a gorgeous place to spend the afternoon, whether you’re admiring the intricate Floral Clock display or sitting at one of the reflecting ponds. Outdoorsy types can actually camp in the Garden with advance reservations
Medora’s Cowboy Hall of Fame is perfect for Old West aficionados … and just about everyone else. Ideal for all ages, visitors will find art from talented painters and sculptors, as well as historic artifacts and rotating exhibits.
It’s perhaps the ultimate selfie opportunity–your face among some of our presidential greats. Besides the incredible sculpture, there’s also an onsite museum with interactive exhibits. Avoid visiting in June, July, and August if you want to avoid the crowds, as it’s peak season here.
Incredible geographic formations like canyons and spires meet all kind of animals (including bison and prairie dogs) at Badlands National Park. Explore some of the 244,000 acres with a drive along Highway 240, hike the trails, or go camping.
Believe it or not, Crazy Horse is the largest mountain carving in the world, and it’s right in a town of the same name: Crazy Horse, South Dakota. The carving itself, which Korczak Ziolkowski began in 1947, is of the Lakota tribe leader and is still in progress today. The memorial receives more than one million visitors a year.