Favorite Road Trips from Boulder Colorado - South Dakota

Favorite Road Trips from Boulder, CO – The Black Hills of South Dakota

One thing we have particularly enjoyed about moving to Colorado is the access it gives us to so many fun places to visit.

Our vicinity has not only exposed us to places we probably wouldn’t have otherwise pursued (I’m looking at you Mount Rushmore) and enabled us to return to our favorites multiple times (hello Telluride!); but these journeys have also helped us realize how much we enjoy the adventure of being on the road.

Little did we know, these mini trips were helping us to prepare for (and probably even facilitating) our upcoming nomadic year.

As we prepare to leave, I can’t help but reflect on some of the incredible road trips we have taken.  Here are some highlights from a few of our favorite past road trip adventures and I will be sharing our upcoming trips (going to a completely new place in Colorado this weekend!) as well.

South Dakota

South Dakota was surprisingly fun!  It may not have even been on our radar if not for a visit to David’s barber, who is a big motorcycle guy and Sturgis fanatic.  After returning home from a haircut having been regaled of the wonders of motorcycle rallies in South Dakota, David suggested we take a far less bad-ass trip to visit Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, and hike in Badlands National Park, the Black Hills and Custer State Park.

Realizing the drive was only five hours, we booked our hotels motels and set off that Friday.  As a newcomer to Colorado (and newlywed to someone with the same level of wanderlust as me) the idea of being able to hop in the car and go on a last minute escapade was thrilling.  Who knew that South Dakota would spark such a sense of freedom, adventure and unrelenting appetite for more more more road trips?

Our first stops were Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore

Then onto hiking Notch Trail in the Badlands.

Badlands National Park - The Notch Trail

Badlands National Park - Notch Trail Ladder

Badlands National Park - The Notch Trail

And hiking and animal spotting in the Black Hills and Custer State Park. Loved seeing these Bison and “Begging Burros“.

Custer State Park - Bison

Donkeys in Custer State Park

Have you ever been to South Dakota?  Is it on your bucket list?  It’s so far out of the way for most people, but I’m glad we took advantage of being able to drive there while we could.

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