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The Scenic Route: Exploring the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota

From the bloggers at Scenic Route:

Eager to get out west, we left Wisconsin with rugged landscapes and mountains on our minds.

Located in southwestern South Dakota, Badlands National Park was first established as a national monument in 1939. In 1978 it was redesigned as a national park. The 244,000 acres of colorful buttes, spires, and pinnacles are surrounded by grassy prairie lands. It is home to one of the most complete fossil systems in North America.

Regardless of the name, this harsh rugged terrain is teeming with life. Wild sunflowers bloom during the late summer and fall seasons.

To read Scenic Route’s feature about these popular South Dakota attractions, click here.

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