what’s so south about south dakota?

i recently took a quiz online to see how many of the “100 places in the world you have to see” i had visited. i knew it would be rather low, but it was still rather shocking to get the results.

23. 23/100. it’s disappointing, really. so low for someone who claims she likes to travel, to go on adventures. for someone who has no children/responsibility to really tie her to a place… someone with a fancy car with low mileage, and friends with the same urge to get moving.

since obviously it costs money to travel (and also costs vacation days at work), i have decided that it would be best to knock off some more of the united states sites before trying to go abroad.

so…

here we come south dakota!

#59 on the list: Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, USA.

my parents used to go to south dakota all the time because they used to ride motorcycles. if you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you obviously know why and there’s really no need for an explanation. for the rest of us, let me explain: every year in south dakota there is the sturgis rally in the black hills. motorcyclists drive in from all over the usa to be a part of the shenanigans; everywhere you look you see leather jackets, chaps, and harley davidson’s.

to give a bit of perspective, the city of sturgis has around 6,500 people living there, but during the time of the rally the traffic gets up to at least 400,000. (and i will guess at least 100,000 of them have hulk hogan mustaches.)

i usually stayed with my grandparents when my mom and dad left, until i got old enough to persuade them to leave me home alone. now i will embark on my own journey to the more southern dakota.

according to google maps, it’s about 9.5 hours to get to keystone from mason city. so, realistically, that means it will be closer to 8-8.5 hours.

now, let’s put this plan into actual practice. is anyone interested in going/meeting up? (i’m looking at you, krista.) i’m game for stopping at other places along the way and making it a 4-5 day weekend (leave thurs night, come back monday morning). the name of the game is “cheap,” but the more people that go i’m sure the better deals i can find.

and if anyone from the area that has any suggestions of things to check out along our way to mount rushmore, please don’t hesitate to let me know. any small dives (i love me some dive bars), some quirky small towns? any places to avoid? good hotels? nice couches?

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6 responses to “what’s so south about south dakota?

  1. You better believe I’m game. I am able to use vacation time starting in February.. and we all know I have plenty of days to use 😉 I’m just waiting on your schedule Berg…

  2. Don’t forget to stop at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Also, we be currently living in Pierre. Some (not us) say it’s the prettiest state capitol. I’ve also heard we have more trees per capita than any other city in the US. Both of these claims are unsubstantiated at best. But we do have some pretty divey bars. You also MUST stop at Wall Drug. Eat a Kuchen. Don’t pay to get into Crazy Horse, but do detour south to drive by. Firehouse Brewing Company is a fun stop in Rapid City for a meal and drinks.

    Anything else? Probably more than you ever wanted to know.

  3. Luke- congratulations, you just became my go-to person of all things South Dakota related. 😀

  4. Woot. What an honor! :/

  5. Visit Wall Drug on your way. There are also some lakes near Keystone, SD. They’re gorgeous. Have fun!

  6. okay, that’s two mentions now. what the heck is wall drug?

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