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Norris Geyser Basin: blowin’ off some steam

Yellowstone was the first area of American wilderness declared a national park, and with good reason. The topography varies dramatically throughout its millions of acres. One area especially dramatic is the Norris Geyser Basin. It might not get as much publicity as Old Faithful, but it’s actually got a lot more geothermal activity than that one geezer geyser, which means it’s a much more substantial destination to visit in Yellowstone. And it’s more photogenic, which for the average traveler means a lot. So grab a big memory card and check it out.

03
Mar 2010
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Custer State Park: South Dakota’s lesser-known gem

South Dakota tourism just doesn’t stop at Mount Rushmore. It doesn’t even stop at Wall Drug or Badlands National Park. No, the Plains State keeps its travel attractions coming with Custer State Park. It’s definitely the forgotten travel destination in an area overflowing with road trip-friendly stops. Well, tack this one on your road trip, too. With beautiful scenery, wildlife, and no Yellowstone-like traffic jams, Custer State Park is a must see for those who want the great American road trip experience.

03
Mar 2010
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Badlands National Park: see, South Dakota has more than Mount Rushmore

Whether you go camping here or just drive through on your American road trip towards Mount Rushmore, the Badlands National Park in South Dakota is definitely worth a visit. It’s a unique national park. Yellowstone and Yosemite don’t look anything like this guy.

03
Mar 2010
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South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore, a.k.a. “Four Face Mountain”

Mount Rushmore could very well be the most American national landmark there is.  The faces of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt carved into a mountain–pretty American.  Plus, it’s in South Dakota, smack dab in the middle of the United States.  That’s gotta raise its landmark ranking.  Here’s a travel tip: go sometime not close to the Fourth of July. That way you can get an extra dose of patriotism during the patriotic dry season. Or you can go all out and visit on Independence Day weekend, but you won’t be the only one thinking of that idea. Good luck with parking.

03
Mar 2010
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Wyoming’s Grand Tetons: they’re real, and they’re spectacular

When you’re in the nearby town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, you get the feeling you’re in a wild west theme park with all the cowboy merchandise.  Once you get on top of the Grand Tetons, though, whether you’re there to ski or just look at the nature around you, it starts to feel like a national park instead of Wyoming’s version of Disney World.

02
Mar 2010
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