Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota



Travel blogger Becky Pokora, publisher of,  discusses her adventures in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota on Big Blend Radio.

Far too many travelers skip over South Dakota, picturing a vast state of open prairies, Mount Rushmore, and not much else.  However, head to the western section of the state and you’ll be wowed by ponderosa pine forests, rolling hills and impressive peaks (including the tallest point east of the Rockies), frequent wildlife sightings, and some of the country’s most unique scenery in the Badlands.  Although outdoor adventures are a strong draw here, travelers can also enjoy more relaxing activities, like scenic drives on the Needles Highway, Old West history in Deadwood, and breweries throughout downtown Rapid City and the nearby Black Hills.  It’s time to give South Dakota another look!

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