Travel Journals

  • Aspen & Birch—Distinguishing the Differences

    When visiting the Black Hills, many people instantly notice all the different types of trees. Two types of trees that are abundant in these beautiful hills are aspen and birch. These two trees are commonly mistaken for each other due to their similar appearance.

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  • Custer State Park

    Custer State Park, located in beautiful South Dakota, is a nature lover's paradise. Spanning over 71,000 acres of rugged granite peaks, pine-covered hillsides, and clear blue lakes, the park offers breathtaking views of the Black Hills.

    Custer State Park
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

    Experiencing Main Street Sturgis during the Rally for the first time—music spilling out of virtually every venue, mixing with the melody of a thousand motorcycle engines, while a perpetual tide of people flows up and down the sidewalks—can be overwhelming at first sight.

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

    Before your adventure concludes, treat yourself to a scoop of Thomas Jefferson ice cream, delighting in a taste based on the very first ice cream recipe documented in the U.S.

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Newton Fork Ranch

    Tucked away from the bustle of modern life, nestled in a serene corner of the world, stands a haven called "Newton Fork Ranch." It isn’t just a place; it’s an escape into a simpler, quieter existence, a place where time slows down and the art of conversation dances in the air.

    Hill City
  • Rushmore Tramway Adventures
    The Pinnacle Zip Tour at Rushmore Tramway Adventures introduced my family to a thrilling escapade unlike any other. In 2017, the Black Hills welcomed this aerial adventure, featuring dual zip lines and enveloping us in a mile of breathtaking forest.
  • Do Big Things in Downtown Rapid City

    Looking for an unforgettable experience in Rapid City? Look no further than downtown. With its unique blend of local culture, history, entertainment, and dining, there's something for everyone.

    Rapid City
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

    Welcome to the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a haven for riders nestled in the scenic landscape of the Black Hills! Whether you're a seasoned rider or a first-timer eager to immerse yourself in this iconic gathering, this guide aims to equip you with the must-knows for an unforgettable experience.

    A First Timer's Guide to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally