South Dakota Road Trip | The Badlands and Black Hills

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A few years ago Adé and I stopped in the Badlands for a quick stay on the stretch of road between Yellowstone and Chicago. I didn't expect too much, having seen the Grand Canyon and deserts of the southwest already, but this place really blew me away. The landscape is completely different from anything I've seen before or since and leaves you feeling like you're on the surface of the moon. 

This summer I swung back through Chicago, and then Minneapolis to pick up Vanessa, for another adventure there as well as a couple days in the Black Hills. My little Toyota had it's last hurrah and safely got us everywhere we needed to go on the 3200 mile adventure. 

Below are a few of my favorite photos and list of places to see if you find yourself out that way. Enjoy! 

Badlands

  • Notch Trail
  • Window Trail
  • Drive the loop
  • Visit Wall Drug- duh

Black Hills

  • Hippie Hole
  • Drive Needles Highway 
  • and the wildlife loop
  • Hike Black Elk Peak
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