The JJ family visited South Dakota in the summer of 2015, long before this blog came into existence. It was a time when travel was done freely. When road trips were a matter of fact. When we didn’t have to worry about coronavirus and masks and hand sanitizers. When we took travel for granted!

Our four-day trip started after we landed in Denver airport, After staying overnight in a hotel, we explored some of Denver ‘s downtown before driving to Rapid City. It was a long drive. The second day we spent exploring Mount Rushmore, then stopped at a native American heritage center. From there we visited the Crazy Horse memorial, Stockade lake, and the Needles Highway scenic overlook before calling it a day.

On the third day, we drove to see Devil’s Tower in Wyoming and had lunch at a restaurant nearby. We drove back through Spearfish and Deadwood to Rapid City. That evening, we spent exploring Rapid City. On the last day of our trip, we went to explore Wall Drug Store and Badlands National Park.

Take a walk down memory lane with us as we revisit highlights from the trip.

Mount Rushmore on a gray morning
Profile of Mount Rushmore
Crazy Horse Memorial, the model in the forefront
Stockade Lake, West Custer
Needles Highway
Devil’s Tower, Wyoming
Prairie dog near Devil’s Tower
Sturgis, city of riders
Sturgis, South Dakota
Mural, Rapid City
Mural, Rapid City
Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park
Wall Drug Store
Horse water tank 1909 at Wall Drug
Wall Drug Store

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