Planning a visit to South Dakota

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

I know absolutely nothing about South Dakota, so I can’t help you there. 😉

For the surprise though, does your FI like surprises? Would he enjoy a game like a scavenger hunt, with clues as to what the present is and where you’re going?

Or, could you buy him a bunch of road trip essentials to give him when you announce his gift? Snacks, iTunes gift card (to purchase road trip music), South Dakota travel guide, etc?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I went to SD last year because my mom has been obsessed with Mount Rushmore since she was little, so I surprised her and took her on the trip. However, we went at the end of April, so there was some stuff that will be open in August that wasn’t open when we were there. 

So first you have the obvious with Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. 

I also took my mom to Sturgis (not during the ralley of course, but it was cool to see the town.) And Deadwood. 

As far as stuff we didn’t do b/c it was closed. There are a few cool things to do with regards to Mount Rushmore. I know they have this like bobsled thing that looks like fun. Also near Mount Rushmore they have caves you can tour too. There is a place called Evans Plunge which is a natural spring (we didn’t go b/c it is kind of set up like a small water park and looked like alot of kids would be there) but that may be up your alley. 

 

 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Not to be rude, but WHY South Dakota? I’ve never been myself, but FI’s dad lived there for about 3 months while working on a consulting project for work. He said it was so boring and there was literally nothing to do. He did go to Mt. Rushmore and said even that was underwhelming. 

I’m also terrible at keeping surprises from FI (he always knows when I’m up to something and ALWAYS drags it out of me), but I think the road trip gift bag PPs have mentioned is a great idea! I’d maybe add a map with your route marked out on it and maybe some stars or pins at the places you’re going to visit?

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If you’re into camping, the Black Hills are beaauuuutiful. I haven’t been in years, so I don’t really remember specifics, but I remember being very impressed with the scenery. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Fargo is North Dakota, right?

I kind of love the SUPER simple lifestyle that goes on out there.  If VT, WA, OR and MI weren’t around I’d probably live there.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MmeSilverBullet:  Yep, that’s what I was thinking. Road trip survival kit! 🙂 Would be super fun to put together.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

the Black Hills are nice so I’d probably do some camping since I like that sort of thing.  You can do Mt. Rushmore if you’ve never seen it.

I also like the Badlands if you can go out there just to check it out.  I like outdoorsy stuff so badlands and the black hills are probably where I would spend some time. I like national parks.  Those areas are really beautiful!

Deadwood was neat from what I remember, so I would go there.  That would be my one town recommendation!  I think it’s neat to see if you’ve ever watched the show.  You can see Wild Bill Hickok’s gravsite.  I’ve been to Rapid City but I don’t remember much about it to tell you anything, I didn’t think it was anything too special I guess.  Been to a few other places but I didn’t care for them.

I’ve been through most of the reservations that lie along the Nebraska border, so the only thing I can think of that I saw to stop at was the Wounded Knee site.  If you’re into historical stuff.

I haven’t been in about 10-12 years so sorry for nothing too specific.  My Dad’s family is from the area (kind of) so I’ve been a lot, just not in a while!  I’ve never driven from the east there so, nothing helpful on that end!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Badlands National Park! Early in the day to beat the heat/crowds and see some prairie dogs.

We stayed in the town of Wall, nothing spectacular but a pretty interesting place.

No other SD travel tips- we pretty much just zoomed through lol.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MmeSilverBullet:  Haha I remember the bumper stickers, we didn’t get one though. SD is a nice place- not your usual vacation destination but still worth spending some time in, you’ll have fun!

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MmeSilverBullet:  I would assume they are referring to the place in that song!  But I’ve never heard the song.  I saw the HBO show after I had been, but watching the show always made me want to go back to visit!

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