South Dakota is immersed in rich American and prehistoric history. Badlands National Park is internationally acclaimed as one of the most intriguing tourist and archeologist attractions. This 244,000 acre national park is made up of South Dakota’s original mixed-grass prairie, as well as eroding stone spires and canyons. Badlands National Park is as a natural preserve for South Dakota’s unique land formations and wildlife. Visitors are often enchanted by the site of bison, prairie dogs and bighorn sheep roaming the wild land. Once they leave, it’s not uncommon for visitors to search for land for sale in South Dakota’s most beautiful areas. The Badlands are also one of the world’s most extensive sites for fossil beds. To this day, prehistoric fossils are still being uncovered.
In addition to the Badlands, another breathtaking site in South Dakota is the Black Hills National Forest. Ranges of mountainous cliffs are sprinkled with lush pine forests for nearly 101 miles of this scenic area. The forest consists of six national parks devoted to an array of activities such as hiking and camping, making it a perfect destination for family gatherings. Additionally, there are eight caves residing within the Black Hills that are open for the public to explore. Animals such as deer, elk and mountain lions are also common to see in the wildlife observatories.
National parks aren’t the only attractions in South Dakota. Take a trip to the world’s only existing Corn Palace, located in Mitchell, South Dakota, or visit the homestead that inspired American author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, to write her Little House book series.