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While much of South Dakota is flat, grassy plains, the western side of the state differs in its vast range of low, ponderosa pine covered mountains that make up the Black Hills (remember, Rapid is at the base). These mountains create (1) A natural barrier to shelter the Rapid City region from the harshest of winter weather, (2) and a downward slope that captures warm Chinook winds known for quick and temperature changes that can warm up cold winter days.
Located 70 miles east of Rapid City stands a fascinating, and terrifying, piece of history. Preserved by the national park system, The Minuteman Missile National Historic Site allows visitors to fully grasp the history and climate of fear that existed during the Cold War.
To be honest, we didn’t know the first thing about South Dakota. So when we got an email inviting us to come and take Instagram photos of its top attractions we were intrigued | 8 Amazing South Dakota Attractions | The Planet D Adventure Travel Blog
Crazy Horse Memorial: Korczak Ziolkowski started carving the great Lakota leader into a mountain near Custer in 1948. It’s no accident that the family focused on Crazy Horse’s face after Korczak’s death in 1982. See the progress today on your own visit! More South Dakota adventures: http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/south-dakota/black-hills/road-rally-2018-chasing-legends-south-dakota/