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South Dakota Memories

South Dakota Memories by Ketan Deshpande

Last year we took a 6 day vacation with my parents to visit South Dakota. We decided to break up the travel from Anoka, MN to Rapid City, SD and stayed in Michell, SD to visit the Corn Palace.


Day two started with Badlands, we took a chopper ride over the area which was awesome, I have placed a link where you can find the video of the chopper ride here. After the ride we took the trails and walked the area, nature at it’s best is the only way to describe the majesty of the views.


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Views of badlands from chopper south dakota
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Badland formation north entrance

Horse back riding was what was up next, we went on a 5 mile trail which meandered through steep inclines, drop offs and streams. Kiddos had a blast. A great escape from the arrest of typical scenic vacations for them. Ride lasted for almost 1 hrs., awesome experience.

 Next stop was Needle point, views were absolutely stunning

We then went to see the Devil’s Tower, saw a large herd of American Bison on our way there. One of the largest land animal in north america

No visit to South Dakota is complete without a visit to the Mount Rushmore Monument, majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share.

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Mount Rushmore Monument

We all can not wait to visit South Dakota again



Ketan_Sharad_Deshpande_Maple_Grove_MinnesotaThe author, KetanDeshpande, lives in Minnesota and writes about a variety of topics in his blog such as global economy, market and industry trends, successful strategies for businesses, and others. Leveraging his global strategic leadership experience from the manufacturing industry to offer insights in to how businesses can meet the sustainable growth and profitability goals.

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