If you’re looking for some fun outdoor adventure, then South Dakota may be just the spot for you to explore. Yes, you can visit Mount Rushmore, and the Badlands are a sight to behold, but there’s a world of adventure just waiting to be had in addition to these well-known destinations. For instance, scuba diving in a massive reservoir or exploring two of the largest caves in the world.
Here are 15 excellent “don’t miss adventures” in South Dakota:
1. Ride the Mickelson Trail from Deadwood to Edgemont
The 109-mile George S. Mickelson Trail, which was once a railroad bed, meanders through South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest. Today, cyclists, runners, snowshoers and, in some areas, snowmobilers all share the trail. The surface is mostly packed gravel and the trail itself is relatively flat for most of the way, which makes it a great spot for families and people of all abilities. Side note – you get major South Dakota bragging rights if you bike the entire trail in one day.