Embrace South Dakota's History and Culture
South Dakota is known for the impressive carving of Mount Rushmore. Few realize that Mount Rushmore host a wide variety of events that include Native American Programs, and daily educational programs at the Memorial. In 1948 sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear officially started Crazy Horse Memorial that honors the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians. Today, the Crazy Horse Memorial has inspired many travelers to learn about our nation’s history.
To truly embrace America’s Native Culture travelers can visit communities spread across grasslands and prairies, along rivers and rolling hills, and amid vistas with amazing beauty. Native Discover and its partners invite travelers to journey to the historic lands to discover the cultural heritage of the Lakota people on the Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, and Rosebud Reservations. On these trips you’ll witness the buffalo, elk, horses, eagles, and other animal life common to the area. Learn first-hand about the experiences of people who have called the Lakota Nation their home for many generations.
In Deadwood you and your friends can explore the historic sites, experience the thrill of hitting the jackpot at a casino, and join special events all year round. Or, visit Rapid City, that has savory dining selections, a historic downtown that is charming and has many unique shops to explore. If you’re tired of the big city life and want a unique experience then explore South Dakota’s ranches, where the west is still wild and you can experience an old fashion ranch stay, on an actually working ranch.
The best way to experience all South Dakota has to offer in any season is to visit the South Dakota Travel Bureau at the link we've provided. They have information on the state's history, nature and recreation, and attractions and events to enjoy on your trip.
By Melody Schubert
Discover more about Mount Rushmore at the Borglum Historical Center by calling 1-800-888-4369 or visiting http://www.rushmoreborglum.com. And, to visit South Dakota's Beautiful Rushmore Cave call 1-866-697-3511 or visit http://beautifulrushmorecave.com/tour1.html.
To plan your next vacation visit the South Dakota Travel Bureau at http://www.travelsd.com.