SOUTH DAKOTA’S GREAT 8!

Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested -

South Dakota, one of the States of the Great Amer­i­can West, at­tracts more than three mil­lion trav­ellers a year to its ‘Great 8’ top at­trac­tions. One of the most vis­ited is Mount Rushmore, with the heads of the four pres­i­dents carved into stone. An­other won­der is the Crazy Horse Me­mo­rial, with sculp­tor Kor­czak Zi­olkowski be­gin­ning this mas­sive un­der­tak­ing in 1948 at the in­vi­ta­tion of Chief Henry Stand­ing Bear. Once com­plete, this trib­ute to the Lakota leader will be the largest moun­tain carv­ing in the world. For a dose of gun-totin’ cow­boy cul­ture visit the his­toric town of Dead­wood, where Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok lay buried side-by-side in the lo­cal Mo­riah Ceme­tery. Bad­lands Na­tional Park, Wind Cave Na­tional Park and Custer State Park boast spec­tac­u­lar land­scapes and wildlife, while Jewel Cave is the third-longest cave in the world with a glo­ri­ous un­der­world. Last but not least is the Mis­souri River, which cuts a swathe through South Dakota, and is home to part of the Lewis and Clarke trail and the lands of five Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes. trav­el­south­dakota.com; greatamer­i­can­west.com.au

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