South Dakota is home to a number of attractions, including national parks, mid-western-themed towns, and scenic drives, and we visited as many as possible in a short amount of time. The next time we make it to South Dakota, we'll stay longer, spending more time in the places we skimmed through, and exploring the ones we missed.
Read more to see the best places to go and things to do in Western South Dakota.
The Scenic Drives
Located within the Black Hills National Forest, a stretch of Highway 87 is nicknamed Needles Highway, and it is a gorgeous drive!
We accidentally drove the Needles Highway, pulling Gypsy along with us. At this tunnel, we were not 100% certain she was going to fit through without scraping the sides or skimming something off the top. Good thing she's a petite little gal! She slid through with inches to spare.
The views along Needles Highway are amazing! I highly recommend this scenic route, though NOT while pulling a trailer and NOT in a large motorhome.
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
This drive was recommended by a fellow member of a Facebook group I love, and we were so thankful he mentioned it, as it was a perfectly beautiful scenic drive with views of interesting rock formations and a fast-flowing creek.
Along the way, we startled some deer who were grazing along the side of the road. You can see them in our YouTube video.
Bear Country USA
Though it's much more than a scenic drive, I'm including Bear Country USA here because of the nature of this attraction.
The rules: drive through at your own pace and stay in your car with the windows rolled up.
So many fun animals to see, so little time.
This furry guy lumbered along beside us for a bit, before crossing the road in front of us.
I could have reached out the window and petted her, but I refrained, as I am quite fond of my appendages.
They also have an area set up as a miniature zoo, featuring the smaller animals and the baby bear cubs.
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