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Old 10-16-2016, 06:20 PM   #1
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South Dakota must-sees and hidden gems

Headed to South Dakota this week and looking forward to staying at Buffalo Gap. Wanted to see what other recommendations y'all have for SD. Anything you would highly recommend that people see? Great places to Stay? Cool adventures? Good places to eat (Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives kinda places)?
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Headed to South Dakota this week and looking forward to staying at Buffalo Gap. Wanted to see what other recommendations y'all have for SD. Anything you would highly recommend that people see? Great places to Stay? Cool adventures? Good places to eat (Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives kinda places)?
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Highly recommend Black Hills area staying in Custer State Park. We stayed at the Stockade Lake North Campground this past summer, but there are several other campgrounds in the park as well as private RV parks. Custer is close to Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorials, but more important is the wildlife loop road where we found herds of bison and antelope. Iron Mountain road and the Needles road should not be missed (Don't take the RV on these). Spearfish Canyon is a nice day trip as well as a trip to Bear Country just outside of Rapid City. Visit Deadwood and Lead for a very different take on the history of the area.
We mostly ate in camp or packed lunch so can't comment much on diners but there are no shortage of options in this part of SD.
Overall this area offers numerous attractions and opportunities for just about anyone's interests
Happy Camping!
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Worked in Custer State Park for a summer. Neat places are the wildlife loop in CSP. The big faces and Crazy Horse. There are some caves if you are into that, they are pretty neat. Jewel Cave is cool. You can go to Hot Springs to the Mammoth Dig site. Then there is Bear Country and the Reptile Gardens in Rapid. The Reptile Gardens has a neat bird show. The Rushmore Borglum museum is another neat place.
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After 100 miles or so of Billboards we had to stop at Wall Drugs to see what all the fuss was about. Meh!
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Highly recommend Black Hills area staying in Custer State Park. We stayed at the Stockade Lake North Campground this past summer, but there are several other campgrounds in the park as well as private RV parks. Custer is close to Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorials, but more important is the wildlife loop road where we found herds of bison and antelope. Iron Mountain road and the Needles road should not be missed (Don't take the RV on these). Spearfish Canyon is a nice day trip as well as a trip to Bear Country just outside of Rapid City. Visit Deadwood and Lead for a very different take on the history of the area.

We mostly ate in camp or packed lunch so can't comment much on diners but there are no shortage of options in this part of SD.

Overall this area offers numerous attractions and opportunities for just about anyone's interests

Happy Camping!

Right on target! We just came from,there last week. Our first visit, hope it won't be our last....love it. Lots of activities were closed or closing this week. Beware....our campground add said open all year. Turns out they were open, but all water systems were being turned off this week. Check before you book.

Custer State Park, Needles Highway, Spearfish Canyon...don't miss.
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One more recommendation. Several great places to eat. We use Yelp, look for places near your location, with many reviews 4 or .5 star. Don't bite on those with 4-5 star and only a few reviews. There was a highly reviewed pizza place in Keystone, we never did find it.
Powder House Keystone, great food, some over the top dishes, lots of Buffalo dishes.
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the wind caves are awsome and a few to choose from. and of course the,,,oh dang now have a loss of mem. but it is a place that you think up is down and down is up ..level is not level and sideways is not...oh sorry..im sure someone will look it up/ my kids and i really liked the mind games/
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You might enjoy the Corn Palace in Mitchel, also the Badlands east of Rapid is worth a look.
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oh the Cosmos is name of attraction..
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Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions! Can't wait to check some of these places out. We got delayed for a day, but will be heading out tomorrow. Will give a full report of all places visited.
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all above mentioned... you can spend one or two days in custer state park, don't miss any part of it. the caves, 4 big faces, etc. not too far west of it is devil's tower, in wy, amazing.

you can skip badlands np i guess.
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We loved the Badlands and would go back if in the area. So,you know, to each their own. Get off the main roads to though. Devil's Tower was worth the drive. We did the Iron Mountain in our 24'6" class B+ (10'3" height). It has lots of little tunnels but it was a very pretty ride. Hope you have a great trip. Take the back roads! Well worth the extra time.
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