The Mount Rushmore State
Here’s the South Dakota rundown: Cowboy culture? Check. During the summers, rodeo reigns—nearly every weekend boasts an event full of bulls, barrels, and bucking horses. During the rest of the year, get your dose of cowboy culture at one of the state’s many museums, riding opportunities, or cowboy gear shops. Western history? Double check. You can’t get more bona fide than Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Crazy Horse—historical greats who contributed to South Dakota’s past. And a walk through Deadwood—still lively, though less notorious—is a walk through the living Old West. Scenic beauty? Absolutely! From the lush forests of the Black Hills to the lunar landscape of the badlands, South Dakota boasts some seriously beautiful country. But don’t take our word for it; take the trip and experience it all for yourself.