• Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Spring in South Dakota

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Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and the spring colours with a tour of South Dakota in the spring. I did this trip earlier this year and loved every moment of my time in this wonderful State. I started planning the trip about this time last year and in truth did not allow enough time to see everything that is on offer.

Top of the list is a visit to Mount Rushmore and the carvings of the Presidents (with thoughts of the film North by North West in the back of my mind). This monument does not disappoint and the National Park is well run – like all the parks in the USA. The information centre and the walk below the monument leave you marvelling at the work undertaken and the commitment of those involved.

I would also urge you to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial to see the shaping of this monument, which will be bigger than Mount Rushmore, and is very much a work in progress. You cannot help but be amazed at this project which is the dream of a few and totally self funding.

For those that love nature, then the spring colours and the freshness of the new growth add to the experience. Certainly factor in a trip to Custer State Park which has a herd of over 1000 bison, plenty of prong horn deer and cities of prairie dogs. Spring sees the arrival of the baby antelope and bison which is another good reason to travel here at this time of the year.

Take time to hike parts of the Badlands with its stunning scenery and the chance to see Bighorn sheep. Alternatively, hike through Spearfish Canyon for the colours and the roaring waterfalls.

For those with other interests, then the museums cover everything from the history of South Dakota, the fossils found in the Badlands and nearby or visit actual Forts that shaped the history of this fascinating State.

For fuller information and to discuss what to plan while here, please call me at Experience Holidays – 01323 446550 or email me at


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