Often forgotten, the Dakotas are some of the most beautiful parts of America with incredibly natural scenery and wonderful attractions. The area is absolutely not to be missed and here’s why!

Visit National Parks

The Dakotas have some of the most impressive National Parks in America which really should be on every bucket list. Of course the biggest, and most famous, attraction is Mount Rushmore National Memorial (pictured). Located near Keystone, South Dakota, this is one of the most unique monuments in the world.

In North Dakota, explore the famous Badlands at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Or, spend time following in the footsteps of two great adventurers, as you travel along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

Enjoy Cultural Attractions

After some time wandering the backlands of the Dakotas, take a break to enjoy some of the many cultural attractions like the Crazy Horse Memorial, or the Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead that are so ingrained and unique to the area.

What’s a visit to the Dakotas without experiencing a bit of life as a cowboy? The Dakotas are one of the best spots in the country to take in a traditional rodeo experience. Coupled with a traditional Native American Powwow, these events really showcase some of the best the area has to offer.

Have Fun

There’s plenty of places to have fun in the Dakotas as well. Head to the famous Corn Palace to see a one of kind museum dedicated (and made of) corn.

If you love the days of the Wild West, head to the historic town of Deadwood. The entire town is on the historic register, giving you the opportunity to really explore life in those days.

And, for a little bit of relaxation after a long day of hiking or sightseeing, head to Apple Creek Winery to sample some of North Dakota’s best. The brand makes some really interesting honey wine that is available for tours and tastings.

There is plenty to do and see on any trip through the Dakota’s. Next time you’re looking to visit an interesting and unique place that’s a bit off the beaten path, give this part of America a try.

Photo courtesy of NPS.gov.